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A message from City of Minnetonka leadership

Post Date:06/04/2020 12:29 p.m.

Minnetonka residents,

The devastating events of the past week have left us heartbroken and troubled as our city, state and nation continues to experience grief and anger over the killing of another unarmed black man at the hands of police. Though we cannot pretend to have an answer for all the problems this has once again brought to light, we want you to know that we share in your pain, and we are listening.

To a person, Minnetonka police officers – your police officers – are deeply disturbed by the killing of George Floyd. Our officers work earnestly to cultivate respect with you, our residents. We train our officers to conduct themselves with compassion at all times. To witness the exact opposite of that – in our own backyard – is nothing short of horrific.

As a predominantly white suburb only a handful of miles from Minneapolis, we’re forced to look harder at the disparities that exist right here in our community. It is our responsibility now and always to ask what role we can play in demanding equity where it is lacking. And then we must act.

Our work starts now:

  • At the beginning of the June 8 virtual city council meeting, Minnetonka Police Chief Scott Boerboom will openly discuss our police department’s use-of-force policy and de-escalation training.
  • Soon, for full transparency, we’ll add information about police department policies and training to our website.
  • The Minnetonka Police Department will continue to work closely with our local faith leaders and communities of color to gain a better understanding of all voices in Minnetonka, and to learn where we need to step up and enact change.
  • We will continue to diligently promote a culture of respect within our city and between our police officers and our residents.

This is our promise to you and our responsibility as a city government. We will not turn away from this vital work. As a community, it’s the responsibility of each and every one of us to make Minnetonka inclusive and welcoming for everyone. We ask for your commitment to that ideal, and we promise that you have ours.

Sincerely,

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