The Brooklyn Center City Council voted Saturday to establish a broad slate of public safety policies, including a new community response department to respond to certain noncriminal calls.
The resolution, first put forward by Mayor Mike Elliott, is named after Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who were both killed by police in Brooklyn Center.
The resolution establishes a new unarmed “Community Response Department” to respond to citizens experiencing “medical, mental health, disability-related, or other behavioral or social need.”
According to material provided by the city, 88% of 911 calls in Brooklyn Center are related to these kinds of noncriminal issues.
It would also create an unarmed traffic enforcement department to handle traffic stops. Wright was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer during a traffic stop last month in Brooklyn Center.
“Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler were young men robbed of their futures. Robbed of joy and lives with their loved ones,” Elliott said in a statement.
“As we continue to acknowledge that real justice is both of them alive today, our community has made it clear that it is time for real, transformative change that is going to keep everyone in our city safe. With this resolution, we are taking a critical first step towards that change.”
The new Community Safety and Violence Prevention Committee laid out in the resolution would be responsible for reviewing city safety data and making recommendations to the council.
The committee would also create a citizen oversight body that could review collective bargaining agreements between the city and police department and make recommendations to city officials.
The resolution passed 4-1, with Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson voting against it.
According to MPR News, the families of both Wright and Dimock-Heisler were in attendance at the meeting.