With Minneapolis and St. Paul as targets for extra support, the cities will see some changes, though officials aren’t sure yet how Biden’s directives will fold into existing crime-reduction initiatives.
Notably, the bill does not limit traffic stops for offenses like expired car tabs or a broken tail light.
Lawmakers have now agreed to 12 of the 13 bills that will likely make up Minnesota’s $52 billion state budget. The one thing left to wrap up: the bill tied to public safety, corrections and the judiciary.
The bill to limit pretextual stops has become a top priority for Democrats, and Republicans who control state Senate haven’t completely rejected the idea.
The DFL governor said true justice for George Floyd isn’t the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin. That will only come “through real systemic change to prevent this from ever happening again.”
Criticized by both police groups and reform advocates, implementation of the law will likely be delayed by months and, according to the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, may even be unconstitutional.
In the wake of Daunte Wright’s killing by a Brooklyn Center police officer, DFLers are pushing legislation on everything from body cameras to civilian review boards — measures some Republicans have called “anti-law-enforcement.”
Approved after a meeting that saw more than four hours of public testimony, the city’s $1.5 billion budget shifts some money away from the Minneapolis police, while maintaining the authorized size of the department at its current level.
The Trump administration has not aggressively enforced existing agreements to monitor abusive law enforcement agencies, emboldening them to fight reforms.
City council candidates in suburbs around the Twin Cities report that voters are asking if they’re planning on taking money away from the local force.
From St. Cloud and Austin to Lakeville and Woodbury, Republicans are hoping to swing close legislative races by tying DFL candidates to what they see as lawlessness — and efforts to dismantle the police — in Minneapolis.
Since the St. Anthony police department started collecting data in 2017, the share of Black people its officers pulled over has increased each year.
Some hailed the policing legislation for significantly changing law enforcement in Minnesota. But when it comes to the question of residency incentives, lawmakers may not have changed anything at all.
Even as lawmakers celebrated the bill’s passage, a debate broke out over whether the Legislature should have done more to reform policing in Minnesota after the killing of George Floyd.
For weeks, Republicans at the Minnesota Legislature have said they won’t pass any bills that would abolish, defund or diminish police departments in Minnesota — even though DFL lawmakers say that’s not something they’ve ever proposed.
These are the kinds of solutions that everyone should be creating to solve the problems in the MPD, from the bottom up and the inside out.
Several county attorneys in Greater Minnesota expressed deep reservations over relinquishing their powers, while some worried the AG’s could be swayed by partisan winds — or make decisions that clash with local views on criminal justice issues.
As calls for accountability from the Minneapolis Police Department continue to mount, city officials are turning to data in hopes of identifying problematic police officers before they use excessive force.
The bill was supported by Democrats but received little support from Republicans, whose own police-reform effort was blocked in the Senate the day prior.
To achieve justice, we must get creative and learn from alternative systems past and present. Most of all, we must listen to the communities that have been most subject to militarized control and systemic neglect.