Council To Tackle Community Relations After Police Shootings
ST. PAUL (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is creating a council to study how to improve community relations with police after two shootings of black men.
Dayton's executive order issued Wednesday comes as the state still grapples with those incidents. Jamar Clark was killed by a Minneapolis officer during a scuffle in November. Philando Castile was shot by a suburban St. Paul officer during a July traffic stop.
The council will include several law enforcement representatives, an NAACP official and a member of Black Lives Matter. Relatives of Castile and Clark will also join but won't vote on the recommended changes.
There's no shortage of ground to cover. Advocates have suggested police bias training and court reforms while police organizations have expressed concern about violence against officers.