Minneapolis city council votes to move charter amendment to committee

The proposal giving council more oversight of MPD advances

Sloane Martin
July 20, 2018 - 1:38 pm
Minneapolis city hall

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The Minneapolis City Council with a 10 to 2 vote decided to move forward with a proposal giving the council more oversight of Minneapolis Police Department.

After an hour and a half of discussion on Friday, the proposed charter amendment will go to the city's Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee. From there it will undergo public hearings and go through the legislative process.

Mayor Jacob Frey has been outspoken in opposition and called the proposal "unprecedented."

"I continue to have that sincere desire, a sincere desire to carry out our responsibilities as public servants in a responsible fashion. Sadly, in this case, I do not believe that those efforts were made," said Frey at Friday's meeting.

A joint statement from the Mayor and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said passing the amendment will "make both of our jobs more difficult to effectively perform."

The charter amendment was introduced by Councilman Cam Gordon in response to the fatal police shooting of Thurman Blevins Jr., 31, in north Minneapolis on June 23.

Council President Lisa Bender explains why she wanted to advance the conversation.

"This isn't about some list of policies that this mayor won't support," she said. "It is about changing the process to create more civilian oversight, more citizen involvement and more transparency and clarity for how police policy decisions get made."

August 24, is the deadline for proposed charter amendment to be placed on the November ballot.

Linea Palmisano and Lisa Goodman were opposed.