How to move forward and heal after tragedy |

How to move forward and heal after tragedy

Updated: May 28, 2020 08:57 PM

Many in the Northland have been stunned by the situation that's unfolding in Minneapolis. First, the death of George Floyd during an arrest. Then, the protests. And now, the spread of the looting.

"We are not 100% safe as a people when we go out in the community. That's been so frustrating. And we also need to separate that behavior from the real pain that's happening there," shared Carl Crawford, Human Rights Officer for the city of Duluth."We haven't created a safe space to let out this anger and pain, and if you get a big group of people feeling the same pain, it can lead to some negative things happening."

He added there are ways to move forward.

"We need to find better ways to communicate. I can't stress enough how important it is to have these conversations at home. Talk to your family and loved ones about race and bias. We have to be open and honest," Crawford said.

"What are we going to do, about what's making people so angry, that they are starting things on fire," added Jeanine Weekes Schroer, associate professor of philosophy at UMD. 

She doesn't condone the looting and violence. The part where officers have been fired quickly rather than after months or weeks of outcry is a change in what's happened in the past few years. "Part of structural project of reshaping how we look at policing is making the price for bad policing expensive, like losing your job or being charged with murder," Schroer said.

The Duluth Chapter of the NAACP sent out a statement, sharing some perspective. The chapter said that it's good that the officers' actions have been condemned. If you want to take action, they suggest joining the NAACP, or attend a protest if you feel safe to do so. Another thing is to light a candle at 9:25pm on Friday, the time of Floyd's death, and have a moment of silence or prayer.

Duluth Police Chief MIke Tusken posted on Facebook that he was shocked, angry, hurt, and embarrassed after watching the video. 

The department is doing refresher trainings on safe arrest tactics starting this weekend, in light of what happened.

Ingrid Hornibrook, Public Information Officer for the police department said, "It's always an opportunity to revisit our department's values and core beliefs. It serves as a reminder as to why we chose this profession and why we chose law enforcement."

She said the community has been supportive of them during this difficult time. Communication is the best thing in their toolbox of de-escalation. "Just by having a conversation and being a human with the other person, and showing that we hear them," Hornibrook said.

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