Created: July 30, 2020 09:00 AM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minneapolis Charter Commission has rejected sending voters a referendum on eliminating a minimum staffing requirement in the city police department. The 15-member commission voted 8-6 Wednesday against putting the proposal on the November ballot, with one member absent. The proposal was an alternative to a more aggressive change in the city charter that would lead to dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death. One commissioner said removing the 60-year-old provision in the charter that requires a minimum police force based on Minneapolis' population would be a first step toward police reform. But opponents argued some neighborhoods in Minneapolis are seeing a spike in crime and that the city needs a strong police force.
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