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City Council Condemns Racism

The Dubuque City Council adopted a resolution Monday night to formally condemn racism in the community. Fourth Ward councilman, Brad Cavanagh, said one of the first steps will be to review and possibly reform the Dubuque Police Department’s use-of-force policies. Right now, the Dubuque City Council is made up of all white members, which is why Cavanagh said the city must make sure that people of other backgrounds are included in these conversations. Dereka Williams, one of the organizers of the protests and rallies against racial injustice in Dubuque, said some of the changes her team would like to see are eliminating racial profiling and more community policing. She said her team appreciates the council’s words and support, but that they need to be backed up by action. Cavanaugh said that many people will be involved in this process including Mayor Roy Buol, City Manager Michael Van Milligen, and Police Chief Mark Dalsing.

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