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Superior city leaders discuss racial justice

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SUPERIOR, WI. -- Superior Mayor Jim Paine said it's time to make change when it comes to racial justice, and stop just talking about it.

Which is why he held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss future plans achieving that goal in the city.

Paine said the city of Superior has a lot of work to do to make long lasting changes, but he pledges to be an ally to the Mayor's Commission on Communities of Color. The commission represents people of color from throughout Northern Wisconsin and the Twin Ports.

Paine tells us, commissioners said the death of George Floyd, has moved the issues into the spotlight for them. While the commission always advocates for racial justice, they are now outlining more ways the city can improve in that area.

Paine said some of the things that have been working are adding body cameras for police, data tracking for use of force incidents, creating implicit bias training and more.

But he adds, more needs to be done. Paine adds that the majority of this evenings meeting was a conversation between police chief Nicholas Alexander and the Commission, about how the department works with communities of color, what works well, and what needs improving.

"This is an on-going effort to improve the policies of the city of superior, city-wide, not just in the police department but to make sure the whole city is doing the work of diversity and justice and equality," added Paine.

The Mayor's Commission on Communities of Color reviewed the work that's already been done when it comes to racial justice and police force policies, and made suggestions for the future.

Paine said police chief Alexander discussed the departments defense, de-escalation, and use of force tactics as well.

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Ryan Compeau

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