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6 10 18 Hamilton Couny CAFO Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2018
Bridget Fagan-Reidburn, Community Organizer
bridget@iowacci.org, 515.255.0800

 

NEWLY RELEASED DASH AND BODY CAM FOOTAGE SHOWS RACIAL PROFILING BY TWO 
DES MOINES POLICE OFFICERS IN A JULY 15 STOP
Offending officer has a record of targeting the Black community, incident and data expose larger racial profiling problem within the Des Moines Police Department

Des Moines, IA– Newly released dash and body camera footage (more links below) shows racial profiling by two Des Moines police officers in a July 15 traffic stop. Two young African-American men were pulled over, handcuffed and accused of gun and drug possession. Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI), a statewide, grassroots community organizing group, say this video and newly released data (links below) show a serious problem within the Des Moines Police Department that needs to be addressed.

“Racial profiling by police happens in Des Moines. This time it happened to my 21 year old son,” said Laural Clinton, mother of passenger, Jared Clinton, and an Iowa CCI member from Des Moines.

“When I watched the video I cried. It’s so easy to see how an unwarranted traffic stop like this could’ve easily turned my son into another Philando Castile, or given him a police record.

It’s clear that Officer Thies was determined to find a reason to arrest these young men who were just enjoying their Sunday evening like anyone else. No one should have to go through this. This will affect my son and Montray for years to come.

My question for Chief Wingert is how do you expect my kids to trust the police after this? Is this the type of policing tactics you teach? Who does this protect in our community? We can’t let this happen again. It’s time Chief Wingert steps up and does the right thing.”

The video shows officers Kyle Thies and Natalie Heinemann pulling over a car being driven by Montray Little, 23 from Des Moines, accompanied by passenger Jared Clinton, 21 of Des Moines.  Thies immediately implied the car was stolen and accused Little and Clinton of having weapons and “being able to see [marijuana] shake” in the car. Montray Little calmly denied the accusations. Officer Thies proceeded to handcuff Montray and put him in the back of the cop car while he performed a warrantless search of the car. When Thies found nothing, the video shows Thies trying to coerce Montray into admitting he had smoked marijuana or was around someone smoking marijuana anyway, which Montray denied again. Officer Heinemann’s video shows her interacting with the passenger, Jared Clinton, seemingly to distract Jared from the search and what was happening with Montray.

 “We can’t let this style of policing continue,” said Bridget Fagan-Reidburn an organizer with Iowa CCI.

“Racial profiling can have lasting and devastating impacts on individuals and our communities – from mental trauma, to being incarcerated and thrown into our judicial system, to economic impacts such as court and legal fees and loss of employment. We need a policing system that builds relationships with our communities, not tears them apart.”

2017 data from the DOT, State of Iowa Data Warehouse (TRAxS records) and the booking records from the Polk County Sheriff only reinforces the impacts of racial profiling. Attached data shows jarring disparities of traffic stops and arrests in Des Moines.

The 2017 data also shows how Thies has a history of targeting young, Black males. For example: in 2017, Thies charged 26 Black people and 5 White people with “interference with official acts”. Additionally, 49% of the people Officer Thies booked in 2017 were Black.

Iowa CCI has collected dozens of stories of racial profiling by police over the last three years and has assisted individuals to file official complaints with the DMPD’s Office of Professional Standards (OPS). In the last 12 months, Iowa CCI has helped two other young Black males file complaints of racial profiling and aggressive treatment by Officer Kyle Thies. Both complaints were deemed “unfounded” by the OPS.

This incident comes as Iowa CCI is hosting a series of “Skin Color is Not Reasonable Suspicion” community meetings with the Black community and two Des Moines City Council members, Josh Mandelbaum and Connie Boesen (Councilwoman Linda Westergaard has committed to attend the final meeting). There have been over 100 Des Moines residents in attendance at each of the first two meetings held June 28 and July 25. The purpose of the meeting series is to bridge the gap between city officials and the Black community and to work together to find solutions to our racial profiling problem in Des Moines. The final meeting with the Council and the Black community is on Thursday, September 6. We will propose three ordinances at our final meeting that would combat racial profiling.

We encourage anyone who has a racial profiling story to call Iowa CCI at 515-255-0800 and to RSVP to the final meeting with the three Des Moines City Council members on Thursday, September 6 at the Polk County Central Senior Center at 6:30 p.m.

For interview inquiries, contact Bridget Fagan-Reidburn.

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Yesterday, the House had the opportunity to add an amendment to the Agriculture Budget Bill that would have allowed for changes to the Master Matrix. In a matter of a few hours, we generated over 150 emails to 64 legislators telling them we need more protections from factory farms, and a moratorium!  This bill was our opportunity to force our State Representatives to take a side on an issue that impacts every single Iowan.

Earlier this year, a group of CCI Action lobbyists representing 10 counties asked Representative Steckman (Cerro Gordo) to introduce an amendment to the Ag Budget Bill.  Her amendment would have opened up the Master Matrix for stronger protections for our water, air, and communities.

Honoring the request of CCI Action citizen lobbyists, Representative Steckman (Cerro Gordo) introduced the amendment. But, Representative Mommsen and Speaker Upmeyer didn’t want this amendment to be voted – on so they ruled Steckman’s amendment “not germane.” How is an amendment to an ag bill to protect water from factory farm pollution not germane!?

With support from over one hundred Iowans emailing in, Representative Steckman continued to push for her amendment and called to “suspend the rules” and have an immediate vote our Master Matrix amendment.  This vote failed 39-55-6. But, now, because of this vote, we know which legislators are ready to hold an honest debate about changing Iowa’s current factory farm permitting scheme.

Scroll down to see how your legislator voted. Send them an email to thank them for their vote, or tell them why you think they voted the wrong way.

We know that we really need a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms until there are fewer than 100 polluted waterbodies and local control, but this was one small, commonsense step our Representatives could have taken in the right direction.

 

On the question “Shall the rules be suspended to consider amendment H–8405?” (H.F. 2491)

The ayes were, 39:

Abdul-Samad

Anderson

Bearinger

Bennett

Breckenridge

Brown-Powers

Cohoon

Finkenauer

Gaines

Gaskill

Hall

Heddens

Hunter

Isenhart

Jacoby

Kacena

Kearns

Kressig

Kurth

Lensing

Mascher

McConkey

Meyer

Miller, P.

Nielsen

Oldson

Olson

Ourth

Prichard

Running-Marquardt

Sheets

Smith, M.

Staed

Steckman

Taylor, T.

Thede

Wessel-Kroeschell

Winckler

Wolfe

 

The nays were, 55:

Bacon

Baltimore

Baxter

Bergan

Best

Bloomingdale

Bossman

Carlson

Cownie

Deyoe

Dolecheck

Fisher

Fry

Gassman

Grassley

Gustafson

Hagenow

Hager

Hanusa

Heartsill

Heaton

Hein

Highfill

Hinson

Holt

Holz

Huseman

Jacobsen

Jones

Kaufmann

Kerr

Klein

Koester

Landon

Lundgren

Maxwell

McKean

Mohr

Mommsen

Moore

Nunn

Paustian

Pettengill

Rizer

Rogers

Salmon

Taylor, R.

Upmeyer, Spkr.

Vander Linden

Watts

Wheeler

Wills

Worthan

Zumbach

Windschitl, Presiding

 

Absent or not voting, 6:

Baudler

Forbes

Miller, H.

Sexton
Sieck

Smith, R.

Once again, our members called on supervisors in all 99 Iowa counties to pass a resolution allowing them to use the Master Matrix. Supervisors in 89 counties responded to the call and passed the resolution, allowing them to recommend denial of factory farm applications in 2018.

The Master Matrix is one of the few ways counties and citizens can weigh in on factory farm construction in their communities. We know it’s far from perfect, but the Master Matrix is all we have right now. Until we get a moratorium and local control, this is one tool we have to fight factory farms and protect our communities and environment.

For the first time ever, Decatur County Passed the Master Matrix resolution in 2018!

The counties that did not pass the Master Matrix this year have historically abdicated this power by refusing to pass the resolution: Osceola, Plymouth, Warren, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Wapello, Davis, Lee, and Des Moines counties.

The biggest push-back CCI members hear from counties that don’t adopt the Master Matrix is based on the complaint that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources ignores recommendations made by counties, despite their utilization of the Master Matrix. Supervisors and residents in these counties feel as if they have no say in what takes place in their own back yard. This shows the need for local control and for the DNR to honor the voices of Iowa citizens standing up against corporate polluters.

Now, our members are taking the next step to get supervisors to use their influence and voice to challenge this rigged system. One in five counties have called for more protections  from the factory farm industry, either by passing resolutions or writing letters to the legislature for a moratorium, local control, and/or strengthening the Master Matrix. CCI members are calling on more county supervisors to join the chorus.

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