Minneapolis officials have voted to cut the city’s police budget by $ 8 million, according to local media.
The funds will be redirected from the mayor’s $ 179 million police plan to “violence prevention and other programs,” the Star Tribune reports.
“Tonight, city council passed a budget that represents a compromise, but also a big step forward towards a more compassionate and effective public safety future,” said Councilor Steve Fletcher.
Violent crime, including shootings and homicides, has increased since Minneapolis City Council announced plans to “dismantle” the police department in the wake of the “George Floyd” riots that rocked the city in May. .
Officials are trying to allay residents’ concerns about the reduction in law enforcement spending, saying it will not affect police personnel.
“We all share a deep respect for the role our local government plays in serving the people of our city,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “And today there is good reason to be optimistic about the future in Minneapolis.”
City council members have defended the search for common ground after pushing to reduce the number of paid agents from 888 to 750.
“Tonight, city council passed a budget that represents a compromise, but also a big step forward towards a more compassionate and effective public safety future,” Councilor Fletcher said.
While supporters tout the so-called “Safety for All” plan, others see it as a progression of city officials’ plans to “dismantle” the police, as they promised earlier this year.
Residents of Minneapolis recently filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that police patrols have fallen below required minimums.
The pathetic radical left attacks us with a signal and a superficial shame of virtue.
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