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.

REG CHAPMAN: 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.

REG CHAPMAN: 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.

MALAKI-MILTON JACKSON: 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.

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

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

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

UMERAN HAILU: 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.

- Black power!

REG CHAPMAN: This group believes in a creative approach to safety that is personalized to each community.

KANANDI MACK: 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.

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

TAIJELLE FREEMAN: We demand a re-evaluation of budget cuts in 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%.

LEWIEE BLAZE: We understand that this must be anti-generational movement in order for us to truly thrive and not only survive in our communities.

Reg Chapman, WCCO 4 News.