Several weeks ago, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau pulled out of a planned public forum that called to discuss issues that surround policing in the city.
At the time, the chief said her decision to withdraw was a reaction to a credible threat posted on social media by some who were planning to incite violence at the meeting.
But critics took Harteau’s action as an insult, and considered it an indication that she and her boss, Mayor Betsy Hodges, are not serious about repairing relations between police and communities of color, particularly citizens who feel they have been systematically harassed and abused by police.
On October 8th, Hodges and Harteau will launch a series of three community meetings aimed at soothing anger and re-starting the conversation. The first session is scheduled for 6:30 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church in south Minneapolis.
The Mayor and the police chief stopped by KFAI to appear on the program “Health Notes,” where program host Kinshasha Kambui asked Harteau about healing emotional wounds from years of conflict between citizens and police.