Signs in Minneapolis police cars remind immigrants of rights

Published 8:13 am Friday, October 12, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police squad cars will soon display signs that advise immigrants of their rights if arrested.

The placards are in English and Spanish and remind people they have the right to stay silent if asked about their birthplace or immigration status. They also advise people not to provide false information.

Mayor Jacob Frey unveiled the placards Wednesday, saying a lack of compassion for immigrants at the federal level won’t stop Minneapolis from doing what’s right for immigrant families.

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Police union head Lt. Bob Kroll has been a critic of the plan since Frey announced it during his State of the City address. Kroll called the placards “insane.”