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St. Louis County attorney weighs in on fight for social justice

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DULUTH, MN -- In February, a working group made up of advocates, mental health, and law enforcement members released its findings for ways to reduce deadly officer-involved shootings in Minnesota.

St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin was a part of the group.

He said George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Monday is proof we all need to work together for racial justice.

The working group’s recommendations are aimed at saving lives and ensuring that all officers are trained in de-escalation tactics to reduce the use of force.

Rubin said this incident is proof of a frayed relationship between the community and law enforcement.

“Our work isn’t done, this is a continuation. This is just another sad, tragic example of the amount of work that still needs to be done. But we have to be positive on it, that is the message we need to keep out there. We are willing to work at it,” Rubin said.

Members of the group and the Minnesota County Attorneys Association have implemented recommendations around the state.

It’s unclear if Minneapolis Police have adopted any of the working group’s policies.

The full recommendation is expected to be released in June.

John Cardinale

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