Minneapolis council advances charter amendment proposal in latest police reform move

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

Before former Minneapolis police officer, Alexander Kueng, was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, he wanted to "change the narrative" around police.

Paul, we had over a thousand buildings damaged or destroyed in the riots because there were not enough police here, and then what do they want to do?

According to his mother, Joni Kueng, in an interview with The New York Times, says that her son often argued that "diversity could force change in a Police Department long accused of racism".

"Had they voted the opposite direction, would they have hired security for themselves also?"

On Friday, a little over a month since the killing of George Floyd, the Minnesota City Council voted unanimously on a proposal to create a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, within which the city could employ "licensed peace officers" - that's police officers to you and me.

The proposed amendment, which would replace the police department with a new "Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention" that has yet to be fully defined, next goes to a policy committee and to the city's Charter Commission for a formal review, at which point citizens and city officials can weigh in.

"The path that we're going to chart will steal the best ideas from everywhere and combine them in away that is uniquely appropriate to our city", he said. "If you can't get rid of bad officers, it will be very hard to improve the police organization".

Gazelka continued, "You can not stop lawlessness without defending the law, and to do that, you have to have police officers".

"This case may be worse than most people, but it is not hard in the world of law enforcement", said Andy Skoogman, general manager of the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association.

If successful, the amendment will proceed to the November ballot for a vote in the general election.

George Floyd was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, 44, had his knee in the 46-year-old's neck for more than eight minutes.

As Fox 9 reported, the three council members who have the security detail are "Andrea Jenkins (Ward 8), and Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), and Alondra Cano (Ward 9)" all of whom have been "outspoken proponents of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department".

The City of Minneapolis has spent $63,000 on private security details for three city council members who claim they have been subjected to threats in recent weeks.

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