Minneapolis Police Vote: Minnesota Supreme Court rules voters can decide to abolish police service in next election
The measure, if approved, would amend the city’s charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Public Safety Department.
Essentially, the measure would also remove the power of the police chief and the mayor over the agency and would be headed by a commissioner appointed by city council.
The order on Tuesday overturned a decision by Hennepin County Judge Jamie L. Anderson setting aside the charter amendment.
In the order signed by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, he noted that the challenge to the ballot measure “falls short of the high standard” set in a previous ruling.
As a result, he ruled that the district court’s decision requiring local election officials to “provide a notice directing voters not to vote on the ballot matter, and directing local election officials to count, count or vote. examine in any way the votes cast on the ballot the question is reversed. “
He added: “In order not to interfere with the proper conduct of the vote, this decree is issued with a notice to be followed at a later date.”
Floyd’s murder at the hands of a white police officer sparked national and global protests against police brutality, racism and social injustice.