Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Costumes

Do-n-DontsToday is Halloween and no doubt there will be people out there who are comfortable crossing the line of what is appropriate for a costume. Over the past few days , the web has buzzed over a photo of a child wearing a Ray Rice jersey and dragging a doll that seems to symbolize, Janay Rice, his wife. Okay, we know the story behind this, right? Who hasn’t seen the photo or video of the elevator where Ray struck his then fiancé? She’s left unconscious and splayed partway in the elevator and partway in a public corridor? But as a costume? Really?

It seems that every year, wherever Halloween is celebrated, someone – in an attempt to be new and different and edgy or funny – dons an outfit that insults, denigrates, or just otherwise gets it wrong.

There are some Halloween costumes that are never appropriate. Here are some do’s and don’ts. Know there are many more that probably could be added to this list.

• Don’t paint your face black.
• If you’re not from that culture, don’t wear the clothing.
• Don’t put on an afro wig unless you’re trying to recreate your 1970’s high school yearbook photo.
• If your last hit didn’t go multi-platinum, and you don’t have a wife named Beyonce, don’t try to dress like a rapper.
• Don’t put on an outfit that demeans women, I don’t care how sexy the packaging claims it is.
• Don’t use your kids as props.
• Do remember that people are not costumes.
• Do use your good judgment.

Halloween is an ancient observation to remember the dead. Don’t kill your career. In the era of social media and information in perpetuity -even when not overtly repugnant, a bad costume lives forever. Remember cameras are everywhere and an after work Halloween costume displayed on social media may have implications for your job.

Do have fun and be safe.

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Police Conduct Oversight Commission Celebrates One Year of Operation


Chief Harteau addressing the PCOC during its regular session on October 14, 2014

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission met on October 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. representing a full 12 months of operation.

The first item on the agenda was a 2013-2014 report from the Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) by its Chair, Andrea Brown. Chair Brown highlighted the accomplishments of the first year and forecasted work to be done in 2015. For more information, please see the PCOC report online by clicking here.

Next, Chief Janeé Harteau spoke on behalf of the Minneapolis Police Department. Chief Harteau discussed the upcoming body camera tests and the development body camera standard operating procedures. The PCOC will receive further updates on the policy in order to provide feedback to MPD. Continue reading

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Apply to serve on an MDCR Commission or Board!

Press ReleaseThe Department is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City by serving on the Minneapolis Commission of Civil Rights, the Police Conduct Oversight Commission, and the Police Conduct Review Panel.

All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by October 10, 2014.

Apply Now!

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Police Conduct Oversight Commission July Meeting

PicThe Police Conduct Oversight Commission met for its regular monthly meeting on July 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

First on the agenda was a presentation by Sergeant David Garman regarding the Crisis Intervention Team, a special subset of the Minneapolis Police Department handling individuals in mental health crisis.  Commission members have taken a particular interest in how individuals with mental health issues are handled by the Minneapolis Police Department, and in particular the training given to officers surrounding such issues. Sergeant Garman described significant steps MPD is taking to improve police contact with individuals with mental health issues, and he indicated there is more still to be done. One community member later commended Sergeant Garman for deciding to attend the remainder of the Commission meeting after his presentation, in what the community member interpreted to be a positive gesture. Continue reading

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Director Korbel and Assistant Director Newborn attend the CAF Red Tail Squadron Reception in Saint Paul!


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Members from the Civil Rights Department attend the 8th Annual CAIR-MN Ramadan Dinner on Civil Rights!


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Director Korbel and Assistant Director Toni Newborn attend the 8th Annual CAIR-MN Ramadan Dinner on Civil Rights!

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Director Korbel visits KMOJ on Friday

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Director Korbel visited KMOJ  to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to give information about the Civil Rights Department.

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