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Consent Decree: Court Enforceable Agreement

After finding the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights invited the City to develop a consent decree, which is a court enforceable agreement, to address race-based policing that undermines the City’s public safety system. 

As part of this process, community members can share what could be part of this agreement by submitting ideas on our website.

What is a Consent Decree?

A consent decree is a legally binding agreement issued by a judge and enforced by the court. It identifies specific changes to be made and timelines for those changes to occur. This court enforceable agreement incorporates independent oversight through a monitoring team that regularly reports progress to the court and to the community.

Watch this video to learn more.

Fact Sheet

This one-page fact sheet overviews what a court enforceable agreement would do and the topics that could be included in an agreement. 

Joint Statement of Principles

In July 2022, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the City of Minneapolis agreed to negotiate a court enforceable settlement agreement. This is what MDHR laid out in its findings and in the announcement of the findings.

The court enforceable agreement will:

  • Identify specific changes the City and MPD will be required to make
  • Provide timelines for those changes to occur
  • Requires the parties to follow the agreement, which is issued by a judge
  • Incorporate independent oversight
  • Live past election cycles to ensure sustained and coordinated work continues

Read the full Joint Statement of Principles.

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