Minneapolis City Council committee’s OK measure to put MPD replacement in November ballot – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis City Council is taking another step toward securing a measure on the November ballot that would kill the Minneapolis Police Department. The ballot measure would replace the police with a public security department.
The measure is so complex and so at stake that, for the first time, the council committee also approved a long explanatory note which will also be on the ballot.
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The full language page, including the explanatory note, is one of three charter amendments that could appear on the Minneapolis ballot, meaning Minneapolis voters could take some time to vote in November .
This language would replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a “public safety department that uses a comprehensive approach to public health and includes police where necessary.”
WEB SUPPLEMENT: Click here to read the full explanatory note.
Board member Linea Palmisano said the explanatory note was needed.
“We are specifically removing items from the city charter that will no longer be, and the public needs to know that,” she said.
The ballot measure, along with the explanatory note, moves on to Friday’s plenary council meeting, where it is expected to pass. Mayor Jacob Frey then has five days to sign or veto. He has said in the past that he was against replacing the city police department.
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“The city council should control the police service. The chief of police or the chief of public security would report to 14 different people – thirteen council members and the mayor – and that would significantly reduce accountability, ”Frey said.
Frey added that he would not veto the measure because the language is accurate and voters would have to decide. It is widely accepted that city council has the nine votes necessary to override any veto.
Supporters of the police fundraising movement praised the amendment, saying it meets the standards of the petition that got the measure on the ballot.
“Twenty thousand people have signed a petition saying they want to create change,” said board member Steve Fletcher.
Three other ballot referendums – two regarding rent control and stabilization, and one that would increase the power of the Minneapolis mayor’s office – have been referred to the city attorney for further consideration. Both will likely be presented to this city council committee early next month.
Friday’s plenary council meeting is at 9:30 a.m. and it will be a virtual meeting.
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