STATEMENT: Community Organizations Call on Walz, Frey, Carter and Hutchinson to Stop “Operation Safety Net” Immediately

Community Organizations Call on Walz, Frey, Carter and Hutchinson to Stop “Operation Safety Net” Immediately


April 15, 2021 (Updated April 21, 2021 10:18 a.m.)

 SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans across the state are grieving the death of Daunte Wright by an ex-Brooklyn Center police officer. Today, community organizations joined local elected officials to call on Governor Walz, Mayor Frey, Mayor Carter and Sheriff Hutchinson to stop and draw back “Operation Safety Net,” the state’s militarized operation deployed in Brooklyn Center and across St. Paul and Minneapolis ahead of the trial of Derek Chauvin. 

Over 50* organizations released the following statement: 

“As community organizations who live and organize in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, and across the Twin Cities, we call on Governor Walz, Mayor Frey, Mayor Carter and Sheriff Hutchinson to stop ‘Operation Safety Net’ immediately. We are horrified by the state’s preemptive force against its people, and the compounding trauma caused by the state against Black, brown, and Indigenous communities. Executive leaders are fully in charge of this force and have the power to stop this harmful approach.

Our communities have the right to live and protest without being terrorized by a militarized police force. Journalists have the right to report what is happening without being harmed by police or arrested. 

We have already received reports from Brooklyn Center of youth sent to the ER after being struck by a tear gas canister.  More than 100 people were seriously injured by police during the uprisings in Minneapolis last summer. Minnesota researchers made it clear in a medical journal report that ‘less-lethal’ force including tear gas and rubber bullets are not appropriate for crowd control. The report found 40% of people hit by rubber bullets sustained head injuries including traumatic brain injuries and eye injuries. Other studies have shown tear gas can cause miscarriages and harm fetal development. Leaders in charge of MPD have not disciplined a single officer for misconduct. 

The health of our communities was at a breaking point before the death of Daunte Wright. The state’s use of force against Minnesotans exercising their first amendment rights in Brooklyn Center and militarization of our cities in response to police violence is wrong, traumatizing, and adding to the public health crisis of COVID, police brutality, and systemic racism. The continued use of militaristic tools of oppression to intimidate and halt peaceful, if justifiably angry, protest is another sign that Minnesota continues to prioritize white fears over Black lives. 

We call for immediate action by executive leaders to stop ‘Operation Safety Net’. Punishing people for grieving police violence with militarized force is not leadership – it is violence. For the health of our communities, we are pleading for a rational change of plans, transparency, and accountability. We truly fear what is to come if this is the response before Derek Chauvin’s trial verdict. Our communities deserve answers for how we got here and a guarantee this will not continue.”




The Aliveness Project*

The Alliance

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability*

Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)

Awood Center

Ayada Leads*

Black Lives Matter St. Paul*

Black Visions*

Brainerd Lakes Area DSA*


Cannon Valley Democratic Socialists of America*


Coalition of Asian American Leaders


CWA Local 7250*

Family Tree Clinic*

Filipinx for Immigrant rights and Racial justice MN


Freedom Street Health*

Gender Justice

Giniw Collective

Healthcare Reparations Cooperative

Honor the Earth

Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia



Jason Chavez – Minneapolis Ward 9 Candidate*

Jewish Community Action

Just The Pill*


MN Workers United*

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Education Support Professionals, Local 59

Minneapolis Students for Sensible Drug Policy*

Minnesota Indivisible Alliance*

Minnesota Interfaith, Power & Light*

Minnesota NOW

Minnesota Nurses Association

Minnesota Sexual Health Institute*

Minnesota Voice

Nick Kor for City Council

Our Justice*

Our Revolution Twin Cities*

Our Stories. Our Health.

OutFront Minnesota

Phillips Community Free Store*

Recall Freeman

Reclaim the Block

Release MN8

Reproductive Health Access Project, Minnesota Chapter*

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE)

Robin for Minneapolis

Saint Cloud Democratic Socialists of America*

Saint Paul Federation of Educators

SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora)

SEIU Local 26

SEIU Local 284

Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Southside Harm Reduction Services*

Somali American Women Action Center 

TakeAction Minnesota

Theater Mu

Twin Cities DSA

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project

Twin Ports DSA*

Unidos MN

Vietnamese Social Servwices of MN

Violence Free Minnesota

Visual Black Justice

Voices for Racial Justice*

West Side Community Organization (WSCO)*

Youth Farm

826 MSP

100% Campaign

*Added after first public release

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