On crime in Golden Valley

Source: The Watch
by Radley Balko

“Last July, I published an op-ed in the New York Times about the town of Golden Valley, Minnesota. Here’s the gist: After the George Floyd protests, officials in the wealthy, liberal, mostly white Minneapolis suburb began to reckon with the town’s long and ugly racial history. As part of that reckoning, the town implemented some diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives, including at its police department. The town also hired its first black woman executive as an assistant chief, and shortly after, first black police chief. The town also fired a white officer who made racist comments during a Zoom meeting. In response to one or some or all of these developments, nearly half the town’s department quit — all white officers. Despite this, I pointed out, crime actually went down in Golden Valley over this period.” (11/13/23)