By Samuel Lee Reid II, Assistant Director – Civilian Review Authority
This post is a “roll call” acknowledgement of those who have touched the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority in some way over the past twenty years. For twenty years, the CRA has been independently accepting, investigating, mediating and adjudicating complaints against Minneapolis police officers. Forged in the smoldering ashes of the public’s frustrations concerning police internal investigations and police/community interactions, on March 20, 1991, the CRA accepted its first complaint. The elected officials heeded the call for change, for boldness, for justice. Since that first complaint, the CRA has seen its share of power struggles, battles, losses, and wins.
Over the 20 years, the CRA has survived blue-ribbon task forces and work groups, overhauls, ordinance changes, budget cuts, a shut down, and a rebirth. It has taken many hours from community groups, individuals, elected officials, and organizations to keep the CRA functioning.
Thank you. Your impact on the CRA cannot be understated.
In addition to the above, three groups of individuals—the city staff, board members, and volunteers—have had tremendous influence on the CRA’s daily commitment to promote the adherence to the highest standard of police conduct and to foster mutual respect between the Minneapolis Police Department and all the populations of the city of Minneapolis.
Over the years, city staff has worked tirelessly to provide fair and thorough investigations with the objective of seeking truth and maintaining citizens and officers’ dignity. Roll call:
Samuel L. Reid II*
Over the years, dedicated Minneapolis residents have given their time to the organization as members of the CRA board. These individuals gave many hours to learning police policy and procedure, studying investigations, listening to hearings, and making tough decisions. Roll call:
Helen Marie Lewis
The CRA has benefitted from the time and talent of professionals who have served as mediators to bring understanding and perspective sharing to officers and citizens. Roll call:
Thank you for your service and commitment to the CRA.