Minneapolis Police Vote: Minnesota Supreme Court rules voters can decide to abolish police service in next election


The measure, if approved, would amend the city’s charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Public Safety Department.

The DPS would use a “comprehensive public health approach to the performance of” public security functions, according to the amendment, and “could include licensed peace officers (police officers), as necessary, to perform its responsibilities “.

Essentially, the measure would also remove the power of the police chief and the mayor over the agency and would be headed by a commissioner appointed by city council.

The order on Tuesday overturned a decision by Hennepin County Judge Jamie L. Anderson setting aside the charter amendment.

The appeal filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court was urgent as early voting on the Minneapolis municipal election – scheduled for Nov. 2 – begins Friday.

In the order signed by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, he noted that the challenge to the ballot measure “falls short of the high standard” set in a previous ruling.

As a result, he ruled that the district court’s decision requiring local election officials to “provide a notice directing voters not to vote on the ballot matter, and directing local election officials to count, count or vote. examine in any way the votes cast on the ballot the question is reversed. “

He added: “In order not to interfere with the proper conduct of the vote, this decree is issued with a notice to be followed at a later date.”

The ballot measure – which was proposed by an advocacy group called Yes 4 Minneapolis and approved by city council on Sept. 7 – comes more than a year after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd , a black man, in May 2020.

Floyd’s murder at the hands of a white police officer sparked national and global protests against police brutality, racism and social injustice.

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