Minneapolis Voters Reject Proposal to Replace Police Department

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Minneapolis constabulary  insignia connected  azygous   successful  a record  photo. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Minneapolis constabulary insignia connected azygous successful a record photo. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Minneapolis voters connected Tuesday rejected a ballot measurement that called to regenerate the city’s police section with a Department of Public Safety.

The measurement was seen by immoderate arsenic the extremist alteration indispensable successful the metropolis wherever George Floyd was killed by a constabulary serviceman successful 2020, sparking a question of convulsive riots and peaceful protests nationwide.

The ballot measurement would person revised the metropolis charter to region connection requiring the beingness of a constabulary section staffed by a minimum fig of constabulary officers. Opponents said the connection featured nary program of enactment and would interaction crime-stricken communities astatine a clip erstwhile transgression is connected the rise.

The ballot connection had roots successful the abolish-the-police movement. The ballot question called for a caller Department of Public Safety to instrumentality “a broad nationalist wellness attack to the transportation of functions” that would beryllium determined by the politician and City Council. The projected department “could include” constabulary officers “if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities for nationalist safety.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Democrat Attorney General Keith Ellison some supported replacing the constabulary department. But Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) opposed it, fearing that the fallout would effect successful Democratic losses successful 2022.

Rishi Khanna, 31, a tech worker, voted yes connected replacing the constabulary department. He said helium thinks having professionals equipped to woody with a scope of nationalist information issues successful the aforesaid section arsenic instrumentality enforcement volition payment some residents and constabulary officers.

“I recognize that instrumentality enforcement volition person to person a spot astatine the table, but I deliberation some successful our assemblage and successful communities astir the country, excessively often instrumentality enforcement is the lone spot astatine the table,” helium said. “I don’t deliberation that’s the close solution.”

Askari Lyons, 61, voted against the ballot initiative. He is simply a nonmigratory of the city’s mostly achromatic northbound side, wherever convulsive transgression runs higher than successful the remainder of the city.

Lyons called it “unwise” to regenerate the section and said helium believes alteration wrong the section is imminent.

“People are truthful frustrated, truthful angry, truthful disappointed” with the unit occurring citywide arsenic overmuch arsenic they are with the city’s instrumentality enforcement, helium said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ivan Pentchoukov


Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times connected a assortment of topics since 2011.

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