MN Court: Minneapolis Voters Can Decide to Abolish Police in Election

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled voters in Minneapolis may decide on abolishing police in the city's upcoming election. 

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled voters in Minneapolis can decide on abolishing its police department in the upcoming elections. 

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If the measure is approved, it would amend the city’s charter to replace the police department with a new Department of Public Safety, according to CNN.  

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As listed on the ballot, City Question 2 reads:  

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the Police Department and replace it with a Department of Public Safety that employs a comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions by the Department of Public Safety, with those specific functions to be determined by the Mayor and City Council by ordinance; which will not be subject to exclusive mayoral power over its establishment, maintenance, and command; and which could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety, with the general nature of the amendments being briefly indicated in the explanatory note below, which is made a part of this ballot?  

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The ballot measure was introduced by advocacy group Yes 4 Minneapolis and approved by the city council on September 7. It comes more than a year after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in May 2020. The incident sparked national outrage and a cry for police reform on a national scale.  

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If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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