Pro­posal to dis­band Min­neapo­lis po­lice blocked from bal­lot

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MIN­NEAPO­LIS — A Min­neapo­lis com­mis­sion de­cided Wed­nes­day to take more time to re­view a City Coun­cil amend­ment to dis­man­tle the Po­lice De­part­ment in the wake of Ge­orge Floyd’s death, end­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of vot­ers de­cid­ing the is­sue in Novem­ber.

Mem­bers of the Char­ter Com­mis­sion ex­pressed con­cern that the process to change the city’s char­ter was be­ing rushed after Floyd died fol­low­ing an en­counter with po­lice. While sev­eral com­mis­sion­ers said chang­ing the Po­lice De­part­ment was nec­es­sary, they said the amend­ment be­fore them was flawed. Sev­eral said it faced le­gal bar­ri­ers, was cre­ated with­out in­put from key com­mu­nity mem­bers who op­pose it, and that it gave too much power to the City Coun­cil.

The five City Coun­cil mem­bers who au­thored the pro­posed char­ter amend­ment re­leased a state­ment crit­i­ciz­ing the de­ci­sion, but said they will con­tinue to work to­ward trans­form­ing the way the city pro­vides pub­lic safety.

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