How is Minneapolis moving forward? – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Recent protests in Minneapolis have been both peaceful and destructive, with graffiti once again marking businesses in Uptown.
The anger stems from the police killing of Amir Locke, a 22-year-old legal gun owner who was shot in a no-hit raid. Protesters even carried signs accusing Mayor Jacob Frey of lying because some of his campaign materials said he banned no-knock warrants. The demonstrators demand the resignation of the mayor.
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Additionally, immediately after the shooting that claimed Locke’s life, Minneapolis police labeled him a suspect, even though he was not and was not named in the warrant.
Tragedy struck the city again last week, when 15-year-old Deshaun Hill was fatally shot in north Minneapolis. He was the quarterback for the Minneapolis North High School football team.
Not even two hours after Hill was shot on Wednesday, a school bus driver was shot in the head on the North Side. Three children under the age of 10 were on the bus at the time. The driver should survive.
The following day, two men were found shot dead in a car a few blocks from where Hill was killed.
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The question now is: How is Minneapolis moving forward amid deep concerns about the Minneapolis Police Department and yet another wave of violence?
Mayor Jacob Frey was guest on WCCO Sunday Morning.
“No, we didn’t lie, and no, I’m not going to quit,” he said. “We just had an election a few months ago, the results were clear and we have a lot of work to do.”
The events of the past few weeks have even reinvigorated the Minneapolis Police Department’s replacement effort. In November, Minneapolis residents voted against an amendment that would have replaced the department with a Department of Public Safety.
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Now a new council member, Elliot Payne, who represents northeast Minneapolis, has offered essentially the same thing. This proposal, however, would bypass voters and instead require a unanimous vote by city council.