Mayor Frey proclaims Medaria Arradondo Day in Minneapolis

January 15, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has proclaimed today, January 15, 2022, as Medaria Arradondo Day in the City of Minneapolis. Today marks Chief Arradondo’s final day in office as the first Black Chief of Police in the Minneapolis Police Department. From being a kid from the Southside of Minneapolis drawn to public service, Medaria Arradondo’s decorated career encompasses more than 30 years of advocating for the Black community and civil rights, suing the department for discrimination with four other Black officers – and winning, working collaboratively with community to build trust, and successfully pushing further for accountability and reform than any Minneapolis Police Chief in history.

Full text of the proclamation recognizing Chief Arradondo’s legacy of integrity and dedication to serving the City of Minneapolis is below.

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo, a son of Minneapolis, has embodied decency, community, and courage in his historic tenure serving as the first Black Chief of Police in the Minneapolis Police Department, and;

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo has been unabashed in his commitment to truth, justice, and transparency throughout a decorated career of more than 30 years with the MPD, and;

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo, a Southside native and Roosevelt High School graduate, was drawn early to public service, joining the MPD ranks as a young beat officer in 1989, and;

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo leaves a legacy of tirelessly advocating for the Black community and civil rights, and;

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo has fought back in the face of injustice, including suing the department for discrimination with four other Black officers – and winning, and;

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo has worked collaboratively with community to build trust and successfully pushed further for accountability and reform than any Minneapolis Police Chief in history; and

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo has helped shoulder some of the heaviest moments in our city’s history, showing up in his childhood community to be present with mourners at 38th and Chicago in the days following the murder of George Floyd; and

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo never shied away from difficult decisions or the hard work of building new systems of public safety, and;

WHEREAS, Chief Medaria Arradondo’s legacy of leadership and commitment to procedural justice and the safety of every community forms the foundation from which future MPD leadership will guide the department forward, and;

WHEREAS, we as a City are eternally grateful for Chief Medaria Arradondo’s integrity and dedication to the City of Minneapolis, and;

WHEREAS, the City of Minneapolis is better for Medaria Arradondo’s tenure with the MPD.

NOW, THEREFORE, I JACOB FREY, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim January 15, 2022 as MEDARIA ARRADONDO DAY IN THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS.

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