Beyond the six debates Mark Dayton has proposed, Jeff Johnson's campaign would like two more gubernatorial debates.
The police killing of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, has rekindled a simmering debate over how to deal with police violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hundreds of people representing a rainbow of races, ages and ethnic groups rallied in solidarity for Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza Thursday. They carried signs saying, “black lives matter”, “all crimes don’t carry the death penalty” and “being black is not a crime”.
“I’m just here tonight to bring awareness that being black in America should not be a crime”, said a woman with a hand-drawn sign. “Police are not above the law. If the police are policing us, who is policing the police?”
“No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police”, chanted the crowd of about 400. Some were seasoned peace demonstrators, but most were regular people gathered to seek a solution to a very serious problem.
Minneapolis has seen a string of police actions that many in the crowd would argue are police brutality — most aimed at minorities and the poor. A group called Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPD) maintains a list of nearly 200 Minnesotans it says were police brutality victims, including Terrance Franklin, a man who Minneapolis police shot and killed last year. A lawsuit brought by Franklin’s family said he had his hands up and had surrendered when he was gunned down by police. A grand jury cleared the police officers, but a $1 million civil suit against the Minneapolis police was filed in May.
Brown also reportedly had his hands up when a Ferguson police officer shot him six times. The similarities in the cases are all too familiar for many at the Minneapolis rally.
“Black people have been murdered by government officials since the day we were no longer property, so please don’t talk to me if you believe this is just a coincidence,” said a poetess addressing the crowd. “Why is it so hard to believe that black men are innocent?”
“This is what fed up looks like. This is beyond race. This is beyond a rant”, she continued. “I’m tired of being divided and unequal.”
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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton turned down Republican Jeff Johnson's latest request to debate twice at the state fair and 11 times after that. Dayton's campaign has proposed a schedule of six debates starting October 1.
Senator Al Franken's campaign announced today that there will be three more debates between Democrat Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden before the November election, bringing the total number of debates the two will have to four. McFadden had asked for six debates.