While some applauded the efforts, others, including students, say the university should be more transparent and include student voices in its decision-making.
Though the motives of the suspects in both incidents remained unclear, hate crimes against Muslim Minnesotans and other communities have been on the rise in recent years.
The biennial budget features nearly $400 million over the two-year life of the budget — 2023-24 — for the police department.
Progressives, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-5th, have strenuously objected to providing more federal money for police instead of programs aimed at helping the poor.
Many residents are concerned about the equipment’s potential for abuse and whether a department seen by many as unaccountable should have access to that type of technology.
Residents say people openly sell and use drugs, lamenting that when they call in the criminal activity, the dealers are gone by the time the officers arrive.