MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A failed attempt to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department now has a lighter follow-up from city council members behind the original proposal. Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham saw the mass protests following George Floyd’s death in late May as an imperative for something new. “We had a clear call from residents of this city that they wanted to see transformation,” Cunningham said. He and council colleagues Lisa Bender and Steve Fletcher have co-written a budget plan that proposes moving about $8 million out of the police department. For context, the current budget allocated nearly $200 million to MPD. Part of the $8 million would go toward creating unarmed response teams for non-emergencies. Cunningham says without MPD having to deal with theft reports or parking problems, officers would be freed up to investigate violent crime. “This is about focusing the resources where they are needed, while also unburdening the police department from having to respond to up to 15% of the calls right now that really fall outside of what their purview is,” Cunningham said. WEB EXTRA: Full Interview With Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender There would also be dedicated staff to respond to mental health… Read full this story
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