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Mayor Frey vetoes Park Board's resolution to end agreement with State Patrol

The Park Board on Wednesday voted to end its space-sharing agreement with the Minnesota State Patrol.
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has vetoed the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board's resolution to end its space-sharing agreement with the Minnesota State Patrol

On a 5-4 vote Wednesday, the MPRB passed the resolution that prohibits the State Patrol from using the MPRB headquarters to take breaks, process reports or recharge their equipment.

But on Friday, Mayor Frey vetoed the move, writing in his veto letter, "This resolution is not about good policymaking or helping the people of Minneapolis. Rather, it is about political grandstanding that values optics over both the residents we serve and our inter-jurisdictional partnerships."

According to the Star Tribune, the move to end the space-sharing agreement was led by Parks Board member Londel French, who was hugely critical of the State Patrol's at-times brutal response to the protests in Brooklyn Center that followed the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

There was significant criticism of the police response that saw tear gas, rubber bullets, and flashbangs used on protesters and journalists, with residents of local apartment buildings also impacted.

Lt. Gordon Shank, a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol, told the paper the State Patrol's free lease with the Park Board "amounts to a docking station in a cubicle." 

Frey added in his letter: 

“This resolution does not advance police accountability, enhance transparency, or further our shared goals of building community trust. Rather, it prevents State Troopers from using the bathroom and parking lots and adds tension to relationships where we need to maintain and strengthen unity and collaboration. Now is simply not the time for posturing. It is the time for serious, responsible government.”

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