Communities United Against Police Brutality

What we do

We help people document their cases, secure videos and other evidence, investigate incidents, take photos and statements and offer immediate assistance. We follow up with legal, medical and psychological referrals and other advocacy as needed. We also bring together families and survivors in a local network to provide ongoing support and empowerment for people suffering from their encounter with police brutality. CUAPB maintains a referral list of lawyers. We also provide Court Watch to support people in the courts and help them deal with the legal process. Another ongoing part of our advocacy is our Copwatch program. We take video cameras into the street in areas where police activity has been problematic. Copwatch documents police activity in particular incidents and, more importantly, serves as a deterrent to police misconduct


  • Funds are needed for office costs, copwatch equipment, court filing fees and other expenses.

  • investigate incidents, take photos and statements and offer immediate assistance

  • We are on 24hr crisis so people can call at any time at (612-874-STOP)

  • You can donate at


Although many people may hear about the more extreme cases of police brutality in the media, it's the obscure day-to-day police abuses that create the hostile and racially charged environment that allows the more extreme cases to occur–cases that can ultimately result in death or permanent injury. One of the goals of our organization is to mobilize public awareness about the causes and effects of racial profiling and police brutality. We accomplish this through the media, public service announcements, community meetings and public forums, workshops in schools and colleges and through this website. To help protect people in their encounters with police, we provide age- and population-specific Know Your Rights training and teach Copwatch to schools, neighborhood organizations, and other groups and individuals.

Stolen Lives

Brian Feist

August 11, 1996


Brian, 38, was working driving a limousine on Highway 94 East when traffic in front of him came to a stop. He swerved onto the shoulder to avoid an accident and was hit head on by Darren Shannon who was driving the wrong way in a high- speed chase with police. The chase started because Officer Bradley Jon Simonson “had a hunch” that the $1700 car Shannon was driving was stolen. Officers Robert Glasrud, Kim Johnson, and Matthew Blade joined Simonson in the chase. Simonson testified that he engaged in 12-15 chases a month. The city of Minneapolis settled with Brian’s family for $500,000.

Locating us

phone number: (612-874-STOP)