Minneapolis police chief urging voters to reject ballot question on policing

October 28, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo is urging voters to reject a ballot question that would replace the city’s police department.

Arradondo said Wednesday it would do nothing to address the issues laid bare with the death last year of George Floyd.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a new public safety unit that would take “a more comprehensive public health approach” to policing.

The ballot question would also drop a required minimum number of police officers and give City Council members more oversight of police.

Opponents have said the proposal is vague, with no specific plan for the replacement.