Amid a national debate over policing, the West St. Paul Police Department sets itself apart with a different culture.
After the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, two small groups of West St. Paul residents protested peacefully, waving Black Lives Matter signs and flags.
A week after West St. Paul made national headlines for forcing the removal of a Black Lives Matter mural, the city’s former mayor put up a Blue Lives Matter mural.
While the regular West St. Paul City Council meeting was cut short due to an emergency declaration and curfew, the work session included heated debate on the Black Lives Matter mural.
In response to the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center and the resulting unrest, West St. Paul is under a curfew.