A question on the Minneapolis ballot asks voters if the city should amend its charter to replace the police department with the Department of Public Safety.
The new Department of Public Safety would have police officers without a minimum number they have to employ based on population (WHMI). The charter would replace the police chief with a commissioner that would be nominated by the mayor and approved by the City Council.
Two nationally prominent Democratic leaders, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and state Attorney General Keith Ellison support the amendment. Other liberals such as Gov. Tim Walz and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith were not proponents and felt it could lead to Democratic losses throughout the U.S. in 2022.
Those who support the change think an overhaul of policing is necessary to stop police violence and brutality. They wanted to re-frame the view of public safety and how to fund new approaches to deal with those in crisis (Fox 59).
Opponents of the proposal feel there is no real plan in place for the new department and how it would operate. They feel as though it will make those even more vulnerable to rising crime in areas affected by gun violence.