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  1. Avatar Dark Matter
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    Weren’t they going to get rid of the police? I see they were going to put that on the Nov ballot but the city council flinched at that and postponed it.Report

  2. Avatar Chip Daniels
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    Out of 187 million budget, the 1/2 million for bringing in outside officers is a rounding error.

    The mayor apparently IS proposing to cut the police budget:

    Frey’s budget proposal is about $5 million less than the police budget this year after the city cut it under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

    The proposal also calls for additional funding for the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, including an extra $2.5 million for a program aimed at stopping cycles of violence and $100,000 to establish a “more community-friendly” workspace for the office. Frey’s plan also includes an additional $7.2 million in funding for affordable housing.

    Last week, a split council granted $500,000 to bring in officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit to help the department answer calls. Council members will have the chance to make their own changes to the budget early next month.
    https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-residents-still-split-on-police-as-council-considers-budget-for-next-year/573096511/

    Reform of the police is going to be a hard struggle, since the voters are themselves deeply divided over the issue.Report

    • Avatar Dark Matter in reply to Chip Daniels
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      Reform of the police is going to be a hard struggle, since the voters are themselves deeply divided over the issue.

      And because the crime rate is spiking.

      My impression is that’s because of the riots/protests.Report

      • Avatar Chip Daniels in reply to Dark Matter
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        The divide isn’t over crime, but over how to address it.
        Should the police just double down on repression, and utilize more military style tactics?
        Or use a more community based policing approach?Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Chip Daniels
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          All of the above! Without making trade-offs!Report

        • Avatar Dark Matter in reply to Chip Daniels
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          The divide isn’t over crime, but over how to address it. Should the police just double down on repression, and utilize more military style tactics?

          You’re asking what they should do. I’m not sure what their real world options are.

          Probably Minneapolis has a toxic work environment for the police. Their jobs are being phased out, their budget cut, many are quitting with PTSD, the public hates them and views them as Nazis and/or incompetent.

          This is not an environment suggestive of recruiting the best and brightest.

          This isn’t my field, but I wonder if “military style tactics” are cheaper and easier to do.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    Vaguely adjacent:

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  4. Avatar Jaybird
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    Another vaguely adjacent story:

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