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Minneapolis plan to dismantle police will not be put to vote this year

A decision was delayed by the Charter Commission, pushing it back beyond the ballot deadline.

Minneapolis City Council's plan to dismantle and replace Minneapolis Police Department will not be put to a public vote this year.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission voted in favor of delaying a decision on the council's proposal to replace city police with a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, headed up by a director nominated by the mayor and approved by the council.

The decision to delay by 90 days means that it misses the cutoff date for it to be included on the ballot in Minneapolis this November, meaning it will likely be 2021 it makes an appearance.

The proposal to replace the department came in the wake of George Floyd's death during an arrest in south Minneapolis, and a poll conducted in July found that most city residents were in favor of replacing the police force with a "holistic" alternative that focuses on addressing the causes of crime, which would have likely still included some form of peace officer department.

Reacting to the 10-5 vote in favor of delay, Minneapolis City Council president Lisa Bender said: "The Charter Commission's vote is disappointing and creates barriers to change but it will not stop our work to re-imagine public safety in Minneapolis.

"Our work always was and remains multi-pronged, including a 911 workgroup, MPD staffing study, investment in violence prevention and more."

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