Skip to main content

Falcon Heights takes police discussion behind closed doors amid protests

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The mayor and city council in the Twin Cities suburb where Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer are talking about bringing change to police policies in Falcon Heights.

But on Wednesday evening they apparently had trouble hearing their own conversation over the shouts of protesters at their meeting.

According to media reports, the council and mayor eventually moved their workshop on a proposed task force to a private area.

https://twitter.com/StarTribune/status/773691787227443200

https://twitter.com/MyFOX9/status/773716044594556928

What's being proposed?

Wednesday's meeting was held to discuss a proposal by Mayor Peter Lindstrom, who has suggested Falcon Heights put together an Inclusion and Policing Task Force to make recommendations on policing in the city.

According to a description of the plan included in Wednesday night's agenda, the task force would consist of 12 to 15 people who either live in Falcon Heights, work there, or own a business there.

Members chosen by the city council would report back by next May with recommendations on a handful of issues:

  • Best practices for police policies, especially on the use of force and building trust
  • Police training, especially on implicit bias and de-escalation
  • Community-based policing and strengthening links with residents
  • Diversity and inclusion on the police force
  • Data collection

Under the mayor's proposal, task force members would also take part in a citizen's academy to help them understand the work of police officers.

After their report was filed, the police chief would have 30 days to respond with explanations of how each recommendation would be integrated into policy or why it would not be.

But Falcon Heights doesn't have a police department

The officer who shot Castile during a July traffic stop, touching off weeks of protests, serves with the St. Anthony police department. St. Anthony provides police service on a contract basis to two neighboring cities, Falcon Heights and Lauderdale.

Since Castile's death, protesters have been demanding that Falcon Heights sever its police contract with St. Anthony. According to a Pioneer Press reporter, those demands were renewed Wednesday evening.

https://twitter.com/FrederickMelo/status/773680630110429184

KARE 11 reported this summer that Falcon Heights spends about $600,000 per year on its police contract with St. Anthony, which runs through 2019.

https://twitter.com/JackHighberger/status/773685173799956481

The Star Tribune reports that after the mayor and city council left the room Wednesday evening, a 15 to 20 minute conversation followed between a group of mostly older white residents of Falcon Heights and a group of protesters, most of whom were black. One woman told the newspaper it was the best listening session she'd ever attended.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-28 at 3.36.57 PM

Scott County attorney candidates differ on marijuana possession

Scott County is one of a few Minnesota counties where the incumbent prosecutor is facing a challenger in November.

Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 10.21.38 PM

Teen charged in shooting outside of Richfield football game

Due to the age of the suspect, the case won't be made public.

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 9.05.08 AM

Twin Cities Summer Jam no more: popular festival brought to an end

The festival noted how the land they host camping on has recently been sold.

image

Expect major traffic delays on Renaissance Festival's final weekend

Scott County officials said road closures will be to blame.

Voting survey vote election

Ramsey County sends out ballots with deceased candidate on it

The county said it's addressing the issue with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2022-09-28 at 12.30.28 PM

New haunted house experience coming to Inver Grove Heights

The exhibit will feature family-friendly and 18+ events.

Wayzata High School

Niche rankings identify best Minnesota schools, districts

Eden Prairie has schools ranked in both the private and public categories.

unnamed

Walker, The Current announce end of Rock the Garden festival

The Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio announced the festival will retire so the organizations can dream up new events.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-05-18 at 12.22.14 PM

Falcon Heights temporarily bans front yard vegetable gardens

It comes after a resident launched an effort to open a community garden.