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"It's not getting rid of police; it's changing the character of policing"

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Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken is proposing to amend the city charter and add a third deputy police chief, a position which would include, among other things, oversight of police accountability.

A group of Duluthians who have been studying and working toward police reform think that's a fine idea, but they have a bigger plan they'd like to propose, a community-based plan to respond to 911 calls, where appropriate, with unarmed civilian first-responders and non-violence.

The racial justice working group of the Twin Ports DSA says not only would their plan respond to the concerns and fears of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our community, it would benefit Duluth "emotionally and financially."

You can find out more about the Law Enforcement Accountabilty Network on their website at LEANDuluth.org.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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