Young People Speak Out Amid Violence In Minneapolis

Violence in Minneapolis is impacting young people directly. Yet, they say no one is asking them for input about how to end it, Reg Chapman reports (1:55). WCCO 4 News At 6 - June 7, 2021

Video Transcript

- Violence in Minneapolis is impacting young people directly. Yeah. They say no one is asking them for input about how to end it. A group ranging in age from 8 to 23 isn't waiting. They are raising their voices to help find solutions. WCCO's Reg Chapman was there to witness their call for action.

- They lift their voices to right a wrong.

- We are here because there is power in the youth. But yet, we are not heard enough, so now it's time to hear the truth.

- Left out of the discussion about violence in their community and propose safety plans. This group of future leaders decided to demand to be heard by decision makers.

- And stop pushing us away as if we don't know what's going on around us. Because remember, one day, we will fill the shoes that you walk in now.

- These young people say no one is asking for their input about what impact the violence is having on their lives.

- We will look at the decision making table as our voices are needed if we want to see real long lasting change.

- So they designed a list of demands they believe will allow them a seat at the decision making table.

- We demand the establishment of a better and healthier relationship with officers and citizens, especially with people of color. We shouldn't be stuck living in fear anymore.

- This group believes in a creative approach to safety that is personalized to each community.

- We need more African-American police officers from the community in the community. We also need to know where these guns are coming from and stop it there.

- They also want to see consistent resources that flow directly into the lives of young people.

- We demand a re-evaluation of budget cuts and schools that are getting rid of valuable staff. Lastly, we demand an increase in the percentage of Black teachers in Minnesota and ask ourselves why it is only 1.4%.

- We understand that this must be it's a generational movement in order for us to truly thrive and not only survive in our communities.

- Reg Chapman, WCCO 4 News.