By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Racial Justice Network demands a statewide ban a on high-speed chases by law enforcement following the deaths of multiple teens in recent months.

The grassroots organization released a statement on Saturday calling for Gov. Tim Walz, Mayor Jacob Frey, Robbinsdale Mayor Bill Blonigan and other elected officials to demand an end to high-speed police chases in Minnesota and police accountability, said the release.

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On Thursday, two teenagers were killed and three injured as a result of a police pursuit that ended in a crash in northeast Minneapolis.

“Multiple young lives have been unnecessarily taken this year due to high-speed police pursuits, which also threaten the safety of innocent bystanders in our community,” said the release.

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According to the release, since October 2020, there have been at least five examples of high-speed police chases resulting in nine deaths.

  • Dec.9, Robbinsdale Police department initiated a high-speed chase that ended in Northeast Minneapolis resulting in the deaths of two teenagers.
  • Sept. 5, a high-speed chase initiated by the Eden Prairie Police Department resulted in the death of a 19-year-old.
  • Sept.3, two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were killed as a result of a high-speed chase initiated by North St. Paul police.
  • July 6, Leneal Frazier was killed during a high-speed chase by Minneapolis police.
  • October 2020, three teenagers were killed during a high speed chase in North Minneapolis.

“These are senseless deaths that can and should be prevented. When officers continue to initiate high speed chases in residential areas, they are showing a blatant disregard for human life.” said Racial Justice Network member Sonja Western.

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