A refresher on the city’s long journey to a settlement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the federal investigation into its policing practices, likely to result in a consent decree.
More staggering than the reduction in non-public safety stops were the data around the racial disparities.
Those seeking a job with a federal contractors and most federal agencies will be rejected if they say they have used marijuana. Those applying for help with housing, if it involves federal funding, will also continue to be asked about their drug use.
City staff concluded a municipal sidewalk-shoveling program that would only cover certain streets would cost $27 million its first year alone, enough to gobble up all the new money next year’s already-budgeted property tax levy increase would generate.
MinnPost talked to some of the newly appointed commissioners, who say they recognize the body won’t immediately solve issues of lack of trust, transparency and accountability in law enforcement. But they say they aim to get the ball rolling on remedying those problems.
After declining in 2018 and 2019, violent crime in Minnesota increased 17.2% in 2020 and 21.6% in 2021, according to Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s 2021 statewide crime report.
The money does include a few limitations on how it can be spent — and due to its one-time nature, isn’t likely to be useful in paying ongoing expenses like salaries — but local governments have a lot of discretion in how to use the funding to meet their public safety needs.
To receive a citation, a law-enforcement officer only has to see the phone in either hand — or both hands even — and doesn’t have to prove that the phone-holder was also engaged in any of the illegal activities covered by the existing law.
The Legal Marijuana Now Party plans to evolve, but a new state law makes it more difficult for political parties to gain major party status.
The retelling of the chaos and triumphant prosecution of Chauvin for second degree murder is chronicled in Ellison’s new book, “Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence.”
The city where George Floyd was murdered has seen many calls for reform in the time since, from proposals to defund the city’s police department to bans on police practices like chokeholds, pretextual stops and no-knock warrants. Here are some that have come to fruition — and some that haven’t.
Metro Transit trains and buses have experienced low ridership and rising crime since the pandemic.
The bill sponsors said they think they still have enough DFL votes to approve the final bill and expect some Republicans to support it.
Sensitive, detailed campus security information was leaked after the school district suffered a massive ransomware attack. School safety experts are alarmed.
The House is expected to vote on the package on Monday, where the DFL majority has the votes to pass the spending bill and get it to Gov. Walz’s desk.
While 22 states have legalized growing the plant for medical or recreational uses, it remains illegal federally, and moving marijuana products across state lines is banned in most states.
DFL lawmakers who control the Minnesota Legislature have cleared their toughest obstacle for approving two major gun regulations, paving the way for new limits on firearms to reach the desk of Gov. Tim Walz and become law.
Both were priorities of DFL leaders including Gov. Tim Walz, and Democrats hold narrow majorities in the House and Senate. Republicans appear united in opposition, so all DFL senators would need to support the measures. It’s been unclear for months if the party has enough votes.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara said 10 people were either arrested or cited for various offenses over the weekend — seven of the 10 were juveniles, and one of them was arrested on all three nights and remains in custody.
The monitor will be the eyes and ears of the public and will track the city’s progress in instituting changes outlined in the settlement agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.