Jan 29, 2021 - News

A new proposal to overhaul the Minneapolis Police Department

Illustration of cracked and broken police badge

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The Minneapolis Police Department would be replaced with a new entity responsible for "various public safety functions" under a draft ballot measure introduced by three council members.

What's happening: The proposed charter amendment would maintain a division with police officers but remove a requirement to maintain a minimum head count based on population.

How we got here: The lawmakers who drafted the measure — Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder — were among those who vowed to "begin the process of ending" MPD following George Floyd's killing.

  • Schroeder said the revised approach will "expand our public safety toolbox," making the city "safe and equitable for all.” 

The other side: Frey told The Star Tribune he's concerned the change would "dilute accountability by having the head of public safety report" to both him and the 13-member council.

What's next: The proposal is subject to review by the council and the city's Charter Commission before appearing on the November ballot.

  • Authors say this year's timeline means the proposal can move ahead with or without the commission's support.
  • Ultimately, voters would have to sign off.

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