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Some Minneapolis City Council Members Would Like A Redo On Defunding The Police: Report

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In the aftermath of the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund its police department in June as Black Lives Matter protests demanded the reallocation of law enforcement funding.

Now, some city council members may want to walk back the decision.

The New York Times reports that several council members said that while they supported the pledge to overhaul the Minneapolis Police Department, some of the language is subjective and perplexed Minneapolis communities.

Council member Phillipe Cunningham reportedly said that the pledge itself was “up for interpretation,” and that following the pledge being made, the majority of council members “had interpreted that language differently.”

Council President Lisa Bender also said, “I think our pledge created confusion in the community and in our wards.”

This follows reports of Minneapolis residents lamenting the lack of police presence within their communities as a rash of crime reports in the city over the course of 2020.

Formally defunding the police department would require a proposal to make it onto a ballot as a measure in November. Last month, a charter commission voted 10-to-5 not to pass the charter amendment that would have removed the Minneapolis Police Department from the city’s purview and instead relegate public safety duties under a largely unstructured new department.

Public support, both in Minneapolis and nationally, for such initiatives that would cut or reform po… (Read more)

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