Minneapolis Police Election: The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that voters can vote to abolish the police force in the upcoming election
The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety division.
In essence, the measure would also remove the authority of the police chief and the mayor and be directed by a commissioner appointed by the city council.
The order overturned a ruling by Hennepin County Judge Jamie L. Anderson Tuesday that opposed the amendment to the statutes.
In the order signed by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, it stated that the contestation of the electoral measure was “not of the high standard” set out in an earlier judgment.
As a result, it ruled that the district court’s decision requires local election officials “to instruct voters not to vote on the ballot issue and prohibit local election officials from counting, counting, or in any way taking into account the votes cast on the ballot paper.” Question is reversed. “
It added: “In order not to interfere with the orderly process of the vote, this order will be issued with an opinion at a later date.”
Floyd’s murder by a white police officer sparked national and global protests against police brutality, racism and social injustice.