Minneapolis hiring social media influencers for former law enforcement officials’ trials
Minneapolis is hiring social media influencers to share “city-generated and authorized messages” through the trials of 4 former metropolis law enforcement officials charged within the Could 2020 killing of George Floyd, based on the Minnesota Reformer. The Minneapolis metropolis council authorized the plan on Friday, which requires six influencers to be paid about $2,000 every to unfold the town’s messages with Black, Native American, Hmong, and Latino communities.
The aim is to “deal with/dispel incorrect info” by utilizing “trusted messengers,” a part of a program the town refers to as its Joint Info System to share “well timed and related info” with the general public through the trials.
“By means of the Communications and Neighborhood and Neighborhood Relations departments the Metropolis will make sure that communities and elected leaders have direct entry to info in actual time main as much as the trial, through the trial and when the decision is introduced,” based on the town. “We intend to supply enhanced neighborhood providers through the trial to maintain individuals knowledgeable and protected, particularly non-English and Black, Indigenous Individuals of Coloration (BIPOC) communities and small companies that don’t depend on conventional media.”
Floyd died in police custody final Could, after former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck whereas he lay on the bottom in handcuffs. The incident sparked protests in Minneapolis and throughout the nation for a lot of final summer season. Chauvin faces second-degree homicide and manslaughter fees. Jury choice for his trial begins March eighth. The opposite three ex-officers are as a consequence of go on trial in August.
Even earlier than Floyd’s demise, there was widespread distrust between Minneapolis’ Black residents and the police; based on the New York Occasions, between 2015 and 2020, Minneapolis police used power in opposition to Black individuals least seven instances greater than they did white individuals.
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