Suburban leaders address differences between makeup of cities, city governments
Part 2: Some see a need for reform, others see none
“The police are the public and the public are the police,” said Robbinsdale Police Chief Jim Franzen, quoting 17th century British statesman Sir Robert Peel, who set forth many of the principals of modern-day policing. “Because the people are the police, why shouldn’t our police departments reflect the people in the community?”
Franzen’s thoughts echoed those of several West Metro community leaders, who by and large recognize the demographic disparity between the makeup of city governments and the populations of the cities themselves.
A recent Sun Post comparison of U.S. Census, Met Council and city-provided data shows that, by and large, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, and Robbinsdale’s city governments are whiter, older and predominantly more male than the populations they serve.