The George Floyd tragedy showed everyone what hate looks like. People that peddle in it can be held accountable when they break the law. As an Asian American, I have experienced racism. I have a deep understanding of what needs to change to make our state better for all Minnesotans.
Bring My Life Experience to the Minnesota State Senate
In my life, I have also experienced poverty. I put myself through school while living in poverty, and I managed to support my family of two on a very tight budget. Living on a very low income is hard work. It takes skill and sacrifices to manage a budget while stepping up the economic ladder. During that time, I learned to be frugal, but generous at the same time. That is why I know we need to help others navigate a system that overlooks our poorest citizens and communities.
I have experienced criminal injustice. In 2015, I experienced criminal injustice by our court system and police department. I was treated poorly by a system that unfairly enforces statutes that are not helpful. It is a system that exists but fails, to protect people. It is time for CHANGE and justice for ALL. I can lead from experience, having personally experienced criminal injustice, and I can lead us to important changes that will improve lives.
George Floyd Tragedy
This spring George Floyd died after begging for his life: “I can’t breathe!” He was handcuffed, did not show resistance to an arrest, and had no weapons on him, yet he died at the hands of officers that were supposed to protect and serve the public. It is time for CHANGE and time for criminal justice reform.
We need to pass new laws and amend our current ones to bring our state into the 21st Century.
• Judges should take mandatory classes in Domestic Abuse Awareness, PTSD, and Trauma to better understand why the human mind acts the way it does and how humans behave from post-traumatic experiences.
• Police officers could serve us better by taking continuing education classes just as other licensed professionals in our state are required to do. Some good ideas I have heard include incorporating a mandatory code of ethics, certification for de-escalating conflict, and anger management classes to keep their badge current. As a licensed real estate agent and licensed insurance agent, I participate in continuing education every year and must maintain high licensing standards to protect and serve the public.
- 911 calls could be screened, and Mental Health and Domestic Abuse professionals could be dispatched with officers to help with de-escalation in these situations.
If the police respond to incidents such as gunshots heard, crime and murder, let the officers do what their badges are for: to SERVE and PROTECT.
I strongly believe most judges and police officers are ethical, professional, and compassionate, but when we continuously see tragedies like George Floyd, we need to consider steps to root out systemic racism.
I ask for your vote on November 3rd to be your new Minnesota State Senator.