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Ilhan Omar, Keith Ellison assist measure to switch Minneapolis Police Division

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and Minnesota Legal professional Basic Keith Ellison have endorsed a Minneapolis poll measure that will exchange town’s police division with a brand new division of public security.

Query 2 on the Minneapolis poll for the Nov. 2 election will ask voters if they need town’s constitution to be amended to switch the Minneapolis Police Division with a Division of Public Security, “which might embody licensed peace officers (law enforcement officials) if mandatory, with administrative authority to be per different metropolis departments to meet its tasks for public security.”

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Omar argued in an op-ed for the Star Tribune that the measure is a mandatory step in ending police brutality and making communities safer. 

“The reality is the present system hasn’t been serving our metropolis for a very long time,” she wrote Tuesday. “I’ve lengthy stated we’d like a public security system that’s really rooted in individuals’s primary human wants.”

Ellison tweeted that Minneapolis residents are anticipating police reform and “accountability” after the homicide of George Floyd in the identical metropolis final 12 months.

“Essentially, communities throughout [Minneapolis] want & need the likelihood for reform & accountability, which the present Constitution blocks by locking us into an outdated mannequin for legislation enforcement and security. They need to finish the cycle of inaction,” he wrote. 

“This 12 months the residents of [Minneapolis] have requested for and may take that first step of motion on the poll. As a resident of [Minneapolis] the place George Floyd’s homicide sparked a nationwide name for actual reform, I’ll vote Sure for higher public security & extra human rights for all. #Yes4Minneapolis.”

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The assist from Omar and Ellison got here days after Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, additionally Democrats, stated they opposed the measure, which might take away the requirement for Minneapolis to fund a police division with a minimal variety of officers based mostly on town’s inhabitants, the Star Tribune reported. 

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