After George Floyd, Minneapolis voters weigh replacing police department

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A “Yes connected 2” gait motion stands successful a beforehand gait up of the November 2nd ballot connected the aboriginal of the constabulary section successful Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., October 28, 2021. Picture taken October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Nicole Neri/File Photo

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Minneapolis voters whitethorn determine connected Tuesday to scrap their constabulary force for a reimagined section that takes a holistic attack to transgression and its causes, 18 months aft the execution of George Floyd sparked planetary protests for radical justice.

Supporters accidental what the ballot calls a Department of Public Safety is severely needed aft decades of failed attempts astatine constabulary reforms.

Opponents successful the metropolis of immoderate 430,000 radical accidental it is simply a mistake for Minneapolis with transgression connected the rise. Policing needs to beryllium much equitable, they say, but reforms should instrumentality spot wrong the existing structure.

The metropolis was thrust to the halfway of the U.S. radical justness statement successful May 2020 erstwhile serviceman Derek Chauvin pinned his genu against the cervix of Floyd, a Black man, for much than 9 minutes. Chauvin was sentenced successful June to 22 1/2 years successful prison.

Three different officers charged successful Floyd's decease look proceedings successful March.

Democrats, usually allies successful the mostly progressive Midwestern city, person divided implicit the ballot question. Many fearfulness dissolving the section volition supply casual election fodder for Republicans nationwide up of November 2022 legislature elections.

Opposing the measurement are Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo; Mayor Jacob Frey, up for reelection connected Tuesday; U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Governor Tim Walz.

Some of the state's best-known progressives - specified arsenic U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who oversaw Chauvin's prosecution - enactment the change.

Nearly each of the dozens of Minneapolis residents interviewed past week said they were confused astir however a caller nationalist information section would operate, adjacent those who enactment it.

If voters o.k. the instauration of the caller nationalist information department, the politician and the metropolis assembly would past analyse what benignant of enactment residents request - from equipped officers responding to convulsive crimes to mental-health and addiction specialists to code situations wherever a accepted serviceman with a weapon is not required.

Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Howard Goller

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