State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato says he agrees with Governor Walz’s goals of police reform and accountability. Considine says the Minneapolis Police Department didn’t take necessary steps to improve when called upon to do so.

“I actually had a conversation spoke to Bob Kroll, head of the Minneapolis Police Foundation, three years ago, and told him they need to clean up their act,” said Considine. “Unfortunately that plea fell on deaf ears. I remember telling Kroll you can either do it now or someone’s going to do it for you in the future and you’re not going to like it.”

Considine says in the Deep South in the 1950s and the 1960s the federal government needed to intervene when local police departments were not providing equal justice to African Americans. The issue of police reform and accountability is expected to be discussed in the special legislative session, which begins today. Considine said Mankato can be an example to communities, saying when the city went to the community policing model eight years ago things have gone very well from a law enforcement perspective.