Dayton asks protesters to leave precinct; proposes $15M to address racial disparities


Gov. Mark Dayton has told Fourth Precinct protesters to "move on," according to WCCO.

The station says Dayton addressed the demonstrations during a groundbreaking event for a new work center in North Minneapolis. Protesters have been demanding justice for Jamar Clark outside the precinct since November 15, when he was shot and killed by police.

On Monday, Rep. Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also called for the occupation to end, citing safety concerns.

The governor says Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau will figure out a timeframe for when the protesters have to leave, WCCO reports.

Black Lives Matter said Monday they would not leave until the video of Jamar Clark's shooting is released.

More plans for possible special session

Dayton's also addressed a possible special session at the groundbreaking event Tuesday.

The Pioneer Press says he plans to propose putting $15 million towards fighting racial disparities in Minnesota.

The announcement comes after DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk suggested last month lawmakers address racial inequality if there ends up being a special session to help laid off Iron Range workers. The governor agreed, saying at the time:

“Sen. Bakk rightly expressed the urgency of the challenges facing communities of color in Minnesota. ... I agree that any special session concerning the economic hardships of steelworkers on the Iron Range, should also begin to address the serious economic disparities facing black Minnesotans.”

 Dayton asks House Republicans to decide on session

House Republicans have yet to say whether or not they're open to a special session, so Dayton sent House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) a letter Tuesday asking for an agreement, MPR reports.

Daudt said last month he needed more details before he could agree to the session, The Duluth News Tribune says. The speaker says Dayton can call a special session anytime he wants without their approval.

Indeed, in the Minnesota Constitution it says a special session "may be called by the governor on extraordinary occasions."

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