STATEMENT FROM MINNEAPOLIS REGIONAL CHAMBER PRESIDENT & CEO JONATHAN WEINHAGEN ON MAYOR FREY’S COMMUNITY SAFETY & ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN
The business community has been an active partner in efforts to increase accountability in law enforcement. Minnesotans cannot succeed and businesses cannot grow unless people are safe in every community and neighborhood in our region.
We recognize that our region has struggled in tackling significant disparities and we must do better. The dual crises of systemic racism and a global pandemic have shined a light on long-existing inequities, while also inspiring demands for action. Business and civic leaders believe that Minneapolis has the opportunity to engage our community and lead the nation on building a more equitable and effective public safety model, led by Mayor Frey’s comprehensive plan.
Defunding the police would not solve our problems and would send precisely the wrong message to those both in and outside of Minneapolis. Instead, we must do the hard work of bringing together community members, business leaders, non-profit experts, and a widely-held commitment to making our city a more just and equitable place for all, and improve how community safety works for everyone.