Minneapolis voters are set to decide whether or not to get rid of their police department

In addition to several significant elections that are taking place on Tuesday, there is something else to watch out for, and it’s taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the George Floyd incident took place.

Fox News reports that on Tuesday, the people of Minneapolis will decide whether or not to “reform” the city’s police department. 

As we will see, what is meant by “reform” is, essentially, to tear it down and to replace it with some leftist, utopian vision of what a police department should be.

Background

This police-reform initiative was given the go-ahead by the Minnesota Supreme Court back in September. It originates from Yes 4 Minneapolis, a group that formed in response to the death of George Floyd. This group brought the idea to the Minneapolis city council, which approved it.

What the initiative would do, if okayed by Minneapolis voters on Tuesday, is replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety. The latter is described as a “comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions” of public safety.

As part of this change, the chief of police would be replaced by a commissioner, who would be selected by the Minneapolis city council.

Also as part of this change, traditional police officers would no longer be called police officers. Instead, the initiative states that the Department of Public Safety “could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities.”

At this point, with the “Department of Public Safety” and “peace officers” it probably feels as though you are reading a dystopian novel. But, this is the reality that the people of Minneapolis are facing.

Looking ahead

Heading into Tuesday, it remains unclear what percentage of the people of Minneapolis are on board with this initiative. There hasn’t necessarily been an overwhelming response one way or the other.

When Minneapolis voters go to vote on Tuesday, they will see this police reform initiative, which will be in the form of an amendment to the city’s charter.

In order for the amendment to succeed, a simple majority of 51 percent is needed.

If passed, Minneapolis will become the home of one of the most radical experiments in policing that this country has ever seen.

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