Brotherhood Spotlight: Bro. Ron Harris Speaks On Spitting and Lurking Laws

Ron Harris Addressing the Minneapolis City Council. – Photo Credit: Robin Garwood [5/6/15].

Ron Harris Addressing the Minneapolis City Council. – Photo Credit: Robin Garwood [5/6/15].

Brother Ron Harris (above) testifying before the Council’s Public Safety committee in favor of the repeal of the “lurking” and spitting ordinances. Since this event, local and state press have caught wind and picked up the story.

MPR – Minnesota Public Radio & CBS Minnesota
“Ron Harris, who works for the community group Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, said the people cited and arrested are disproportionately people of color. We need to find ways to cut down on crime without racially profiling people who haven’t done anything wrong,” said Harris, who told the council members he believes Minneapolis is “one awful tragedy away” from expressions of outrage. “It’s no coincidence that the cities that have seen the rioting and some of the burning are also cities that have incredibly high rates of inequality across multiple spectrums, including in the criminal justice system,” Harris said.

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