MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Some Members of the Minneapolis City Council are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city’s police department in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Philip Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder are working on a proposal to create a new public safety department that removes the police department from the city’s charter as a standalone department.
The Star Tribune reported that the trio is still working on its plan and hopes to release it by the end of January. This will require voter approval.
Cunningham told the newspaper that the proposal could oversee the new department along with several other city departments, which gives the council legislative authority while the mayor will retain executive authority.
A spokesman for Mayor Jacob Frew, Machal Vlatkovich, said the mayor had concerns about the “clarity of the order” but would review when the proposal was ready.
The city and police department have come under pressure for overhaul policing since Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed, on May 25 after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as Floyd said he could not breathe could.
Several council members have tried and failed to eliminate the police department last year. His proposal to create a new public safety unit was blocked when the city’s charter commission declined to advance the idea for a November vote.
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