Curtis Avent spoke at the Department of Justice listening session Jan. 10 in St. Anthony Village, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services review of the St. Anthony Police Department. The review comes in the wake of the police killing of Philando Castile, a black man, in Falcon Heights by a St. Anthony officer. Similar listening sessions took place in Falcon Heights and Lauderdale last week. Avent criticized the DOJ for having listening sessions in any single city, because the issue of race and policing, he said, affects more than any one community or police department.
Events part of department review following Castile killing
Shoreview Mayor Sandy Martin, left, and Ady Wickstrom have served on the city council together for two decades. As Martin prepares for another mayoral term, Wickstrom reflects on her years of service and looks ahead to a new chapter.
Some elected officials are looking forward to settling back into their seats come January, others are anticipating their first terms, while a few are probably feeling the way Ady Wickstrom is.
From left, St. Anthony City Manager Mark Casey, Police Chief Jon Mangseth, Mayor Jerry Faust and Ronald Davis, director of the Department of Justice’s COPS office, at a press conference Dec. 15 in downtown Minneapolis, announcing the St. Anthony Police Department will undergo a comprehensive review conducted by COPS.