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Minneapolis residents’ lawsuit demanding overturn of fast-track police defunding policy by Supreme Court

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A lawsuit brought by a group of Minneapolis residents claiming they have been victims of ‘endemic crimes’ since the death of George Floyd and the rise of the defund police movement has caused rampant staffing shortages will continue in court. Supreme Court and a hearing has been set for June.

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Upper Midwest Law Center’s (UMLC) motion to review the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ recent ruling that Mayor Jacob Frey is under no obligation to hire a single police officer despite the police-population ratio of the city charter. requirement.

He also granted the nonprofit public interest law firm’s motion to expedite the case, setting a hearing in the state Supreme Court for June 9, 2022.


A group of eight North Side Minneapolis residents say they are still suffering from rampant crime caused by a lack of police protection and are seeking reinstatement of the July 1, 2021 Hennepin County District Court ruling ordering the city ​​to take immediate action to ensure that they fund and employ a police force of at least 731 sworn officers, as required by the city charter, by June 30, 2022.

Minneapolis activists are making a second attempt to get rid of the city’s police department, more than a year after George Floyd was killed at the hands of officers. Minneapolis Police Department/Facebook
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The appeal, filed by UMLC on behalf of residents, argues that the mayor cannot “dismantle” the police and create a “shadow force” if funding is to be provided to them.

Minneapolis residents’ lawsuit demanding overturn of fast-track police defunding policy by Supreme Court

Mayor Jacob Frey delivers a speech at Jefe Urban Cocina restaurant on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Minneapolis.
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The state Court of Appeals agreed that the city council should fund at least 731 officers, ‘but somehow ruled that the mayor had no obligation to use that money to staff the police force “, said the UMLC. “UMLC and North Side residents argue this makes no sense – the Charter requires the mayor to ‘maintain’ a police force, the lack of officers in the force cripples the city and Mayor Frey testified under oath that he needed more money to hire more officers.


“The Supreme Court made the right decision to take this case, which is so important to the safety of the people of Minneapolis,” James Dickey, lead trial attorney for the Upper Midwest Law Center, said in a statement. “We look forward to making our strong case to the Supreme Court and getting Minneapolis’s order reinstated to restore police forces and comply with the city’s charter.”