Public Safety & Policeanforhouse2020-10-31T02:56:37+06:00
Prior Lake, Jordan, and the local townships should be proud of the safety of our communities. As a member of the Prior Lake Community Engagement Committee, I have had the honor of touring the Prior Lake Police Department headquarters and meeting several of our local police. I appreciate and support the excellent work they do to keep our communities safe and orderly.
I fully support our police. Three of my uncles were officers with the Minneapolis Police Department. In my family, policing is honored and respected.
As an American, I am deeply committed to protecting our First Amendment right to free speech. That’s what this country was founded on. When something is wrong, we can protest it. When we have an opinion, we can voice it. When we disagree with each other, we can debate it. We cannot be a free country without protecting free speech. We have injustices in this country. Peaceful protests are a right and a necessity.
Violence is not a form of protest. It is not a form of speech or expression. As Joe Biden said recently, “Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. Theft and property damage are unacceptable, and I do not condone it. They are not the answer to any of the problems we face as a state and nation. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple.” Like Joe Biden, I believe that lawlessness should be prosecuted. Here is a video message on this subject.
A safe community is one that is not ravaged by COVID-19, by racial or economic injustice, or intolerance. Law, order, justice, and peace are values that cannot exist one without each of the other. No matter what we look like or where we live, all Minnesotans deserve to be safe in their communities.
Protecting and serving means protecting and serving everyone in our community. I believe the vast majority of officers and Americans know this. It us up to all of us to pay attention to where inequities exist, work to fix them, and hold one another accountable.
We must support our law enforcement professionals, with adequate training and resources, and by not continually adding new responsibilities to their already busy jobs. Police nowadays are asked to do a lot of things that take away from time they could spend solving crimes, responding to crises, and keeping the peace.
Just as I promise to listen to every member of our community, I ask all of you to listen to each other, and work to understand one another. I want us to rebuild the economy, have strong functioning schools, enact policies to help working people, and to improve health care for everyone, no exceptions. Small businesses, and mom and pop businesses are the foundation of strong communities.
Charlottesville, Tree of Life, El Paso and now Kenosha and Portland — are all deaths with a direct connection to divisive rhetoric. This is the not the America we love or want to be. I condemn any rhetoric of division, hate, and resentment that incites violence. It’s time for unity, and not endless stoking of division. My vision for Minnesota is a bright one, not a dark or angry one. We have to come together to heal our nation, provide safety for all Minnesotans, and denounce and dismantle racism. A strong community is one that faces these issues openly.