Public comments now accepted to remove the MPD from the Minneapolis charter

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Members of the public interested in commenting on the proposed charter amendment establishing a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention and removing the Police Department as a charter department can submit comments online.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission will hold a special meeting at 4 pm Wednesday, July 1 to review the proposed amendment and discuss next steps. The City Council voted June 26 to advance the proposal as a ballot measure to be considered by Minneapolis voters.

Under state law, the Charter Commission has at least 60 days to complete its review and submit its recommendation to the City Council. The statutory deadline for submitting questions on the Nov. 3 general election ballot is Friday, Aug. 21. If approved by voters, the changes would become effective May 1, 2021.

The city charter is the constitution of the City of Minneapolis. Legally, it is a delegation of a portion of the State’s central governing authority exercised at the local level. Find the online comment form at minneapolismn.gov.

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