FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 5, 2021
Deputy Director for Community Legal Services
Legal Rights Center
Community Asks Minneapolis Leadership: “Where Will They Be Held?”
Today, the Legal Rights Center in partnership with a diverse coalition of concerned individuals and organizations sent a letter to city and county officials with their concerns about the prospective detention of individual protestors and groups of protestors during the trial of Derek Chauvin.
In their letter, community members express concern that due to the fortification of the Hennepin County Government Center and Downtown Minneapolis, demonstrators will be hidden away from legal counsel, those working on their behalf, and the media. They urge the county and city to “transparently engage with those organizing protests, and have the capacity to respect and protect all our due process rights by allowing for legal counsel, those working on their behalf, and those providing jail support to have access to those who will remain detained.
The letter was addressed to Mayor Jacob Frey, Chief Medaria Arradondo, Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson and also sent to Hennepin County Commissioners and Minneapolis City Council Members. The full letter is attached to this post.
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