The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to move funds from the $179 million policing budget towards violence prevention and other programs including mental health.
The new budget will not decrease the police force staff, but it is a move to give the people of Minneapolis what they asked for.
Minneapolis City Council’s approved a compromise, even when Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey threatened to veto their proposal if the council continued with its plan to cap police staffing.
“Tonight the City Council passed a budget that represents a compromise, and also a big step forward into a more compassionate and effective public safety future,” said City Council member Steve Fletcher, co-author of the proposal to minimize police staffing.
$8 million from $179 million is a beginning for change that, hopefully the people of Minneapolis will find promise in.
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