Election 2016

In Minneapolis, Jill Stein calls for policing reforms

Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee, in Minneapolis calls for policing reforms

By Ricardo Lopez | August 17. 2016 | SOURCE: Star Tribune

Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate for president, on Tuesday called for broad, systemic changes to end police brutality in black communities, advocating for civilian review boards, among other changes. 

“We need to put communities back in control of their police, rather than having police control their communities,” Stein said to roaring applause at a forum at the Capri Theater in north Minneapolis.

Her visit comes on the heels of an officer-involved fatal shooting of a St. Paul Public Schools cafeteria supervisor, Philando Castile, in early July, touching off rounds of protests in Minnesota and elsewhere.

“We need forms of policing that are supportive of the community, and not seeking to dominate and exercise violence over the community,” Stein said.

The 66-year-old Harvard-educated doctor visited Minnesota on Tuesday, hoping to build support for her long-shot presidential bid. She attended a rally in south Minneapolis and, in the evening, participated in a community forum hosted by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC).

Stein is hoping to attract former supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to her campaign.

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