Contacting local Minneapolis and Minnesota leadership allows you to directly demand justice for George Floyd. In addition, contacting your local police departments allows you to directly appeal against the uses of violent force against protestors.
Direct Contact Information:
All US Residents:
To find your national, state, and local representatives click here.
Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh:
Call the Mayor at 617-635-4500
Email the Mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor of Minneapolis Jack Frey’s Office:
Share a comment on the Mayor’s Website
Call the Mayor at 612-673-2100
Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz’s Office:
Share a comment on the Governor’s Website
Call the Governor at 651-201-3400
Write the Governor at:
130 State Capitol
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
County Attorney Mike Freeman:
Call Freeman at 612-348-5550
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
Call Ellison at 651-296-3353
Philadelphia Police Commissioner:
Mayor of Philadelphia James Kenney:
Prompt for Contacting Police Departments:
I am contacting you with regards to the Black Lives Matter protests which are coming to fruition in our dear city of [city], [state], and to the state of affairs in our police department.
First and foremost, I am begging that you de-militarize the police force and newly employed National Guard force which monitors the protests in light of the death of George Floyd. In particular, the use of chemical agents such as tear gas and pepper spray in riot suppression or any form of policing is universally recognized to be unethical, unsafe, and largely harmful, as per the 1925 Geneva Convention and all prevailing medical advice. Please dispatch with this weaponry and all other modes of excessive force immediately. They only incite anger and do little to improve the situation.
Secondly, I humbly ask that you advocate for and exercise leniency when arresting, detaining, and charging any and all protestors. Please pardon any wrongdoing they may commit in what is clearly a larger pursuit of peace and justice. Given the public health situation and the climate of distrust between police and citizenry, it is more essential than ever to keep people out of jails and, further, out of prison. To this end, I implore you to release [call for the release of] those individuals who must be arrested, rather than keeping them in pre-trial and pre-hearing detention, and to reduce and/or eliminate monetary bail whenever and wherever applicable. Cash bail, in particular, must be eliminated, as the burden of this policy (and indeed of pre-hearing detention in general) weighs disproportionately on our fellow citizens of color.
Though I understand that bail and release-related decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by individual magistrates and police, it is my firm belief that pressure from the municipal government and encouragement of leniency by police can significantly impact these decisions. Donald Trump would have you believe that these protestors come out in the name of anarchy and that they should be put down. In fact, it is the opposite. These good citizens are here to demand justice, accountability, and a plan to move forward in the wake of George Floyd’s untimely and tragic death. They should be uplifted in their pursuit of peaceful protest, even when that pursuit is imperfect. I speak in sincere support for our community and the community of the United States when I say: those who seek justice in George’s name must be shown mercy.
Prompt for Tim Walz:
Hello, my name is [insert name], and I live in [insert city, town or neighborhood]. I am calling to demand justice for George Floyd — a man killed mercilessly by the Minneapolis Police. The investigation into his killing should be independent, fair and conducted by the Attorney General’s office.
I’m calling on you to transfer the prosecution of the police who killed George Floyd to the Minnesota Attorney General and to appoint a Special Assistant Attorney General to lead the prosecution. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office works every day with Minneapolis Police and has failed to bring charges in past police killings. I don’t trust the county attorney to fairly prosecute this case. Your appointment of a special prosecutor will send a clear message to the community that you value justice for George Floyd.
Prompt for Keith Ellison:
Hello, my name is [insert name], and I live in [insert city, town or neighborhood]. I’m calling to urge your office to accept and advocate for a special prosecutor to prosecute the Minneapolis police who killed George Floyd.
As a member of this community, I know that people are in pain. We are angry and reeling from yet another senseless killing of a Black man. The Hennepin County Attorney works with Minneapolis Police every day, and his office has failed to bring charges in past police killings. That’s why we need your office to prosecute these officers. Please help us heal the community by showing your commitment to justice for George Floyd.
Prompt for Mike Freeman:
Hello, my name is [insert name], and I live in [insert city, town or neighborhood]. I am calling to demand a swift and independent prosecution of the police who killed George Floyd. As we seek justice for George Floyd, I ask that your office turn over the prosecution of these officers to Attorney General Ellison’s office. This gesture will send a clear message to the community that the Hennepin County Attorney supports an independent and fair prosecution.
When the police kill a person, the same prosecutors that work day-in-and-day-out with those police are not the same ones who should be prosecuting them.
Thank you to the ACLU MN for some of these prompts.
Thank you to Dani Ochroch for the police department prompt.