Both the Pioneer Press and Thisweek report that an improper e-mail, sent by Dakota County Sheriff’s deputy was circulated around the county and, rightfully so, ruffled some feathers. While I’m glad that it was finally brought to the attention of the public, I must say that I’m a bit disturbed by the simple response from the Dakota County Sheriff that this is now a personnel issue and he’s, “very disappointed this thing was sent out.”
I queried the Dakota County Inmate data I have and found that there were 42 African-Americans, 3 Asians, and 9 Indigenous (and who knows how many Hispanics as the county doesn’t separate them from “White”) reported to be arrested by the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department since October 2009:
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Now, I don’t know much about Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows other than he was put into place by the Dakota County Commissioners, even though they are not not known to act in the public’s best interest, but I have a feeling that these 54 individuals who were, at one time, held in the Dakota County jail may want a little more to be done. I’m sure their lawyers might want even more…
What do you think about the County Sheriff deputy’s e-mail? Do you believe the content should prompt a reexamination of the cases involving any people of color arrested by the department or is this just something that should be shrugged off with a simple, “I’m very disappointed in you young man,” with a firm finger wag? Whatever you have to say about the racism issues running through the Dakota County Sheriff’s office go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.