Minneapolis City Council unanimously approves measure to abolish police department

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 26th, 2020 4:40 pm

Last Updated Jun 28th, 2020 at 8:59 pm

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a measure to change the city's charter in order to abolish the police department.

Although the 12-0 vote will not automatically disband the police force, it is the first step in a lengthy legislative process that will be voted on in November.

A draft amendment posted online suggests replacing law enforcement with a "Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention," which will have the responsibility of ensuring public safety through "a holistic, public health-oriented approach."

The amendment also says the director of the new agency will have "non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services" related to "public health and/or restorative justice approaches."

"It is time to make structural change," council member Steve Fletcher said prior to the vote. "It is time to start from scratch and reinvent what public safety looks like."

The council's proposal will have to pass through a committee, be reviewed by the city's Charter Commission, and then approved once more by the entire city council by Aug. 21.


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