Hail to the chief

On behalf of the St. Paul NAACP, I write to congratulate Mayor Melvin Carter on his appointment of Commander Axel Henry to be Saint Paul’s next chief of police.

Commander Henry has long been an important and trusted partner in building the relationship between the Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) and the NAACP as well as our entire community. Commander Henry has been an advocate for reform when changes have been needed and an ally in finding ways to engage and involve our community in critical public safety initiatives.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with him in his new role. Our newly signed Addendum to the 2001 Agreement between the city, SPPD, and NAACP provides a strong road map, and our first meeting under the new addendum on December 7 will be an important next step in the joint work of the SPPD and NAACP to continue to make Saint Paul an even better community for all.

The Reverend Richard Pittman
President, Saint Paul NAACP

Saving Summit

Instead of Save Our Street, the Summit Avenue citizens group should call itself Pave Our Street.

Elizabeth Ellis

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