The Minnesota Supreme Court has just handed down a sickening decision that threatens the livelihoods of police officers in the state.
Breitbart reports that the Minnesota high court has given the green light to a ballot initiative that would let voters in Minneapolis decide whether they want to abolish their police department for good.
The decision in the case of Samuel v. City of Minneapolis overturns a lower court’s ruling.
A look ahead
The proposal would reportedly replace the police department with a Department of Public Safety. It’s an idea that was first put forth by an advocacy group called Yes 4 Minneapolis and that has been approved by the Minneapolis city council.
The chief of police would be eliminated, and the Department of Public Safety would be led by a commissioner appointed by the city council.
In other words, this Department of Public Safety would, more or less, be under the power of the city’s legislature.
In the proposal, this Department of Public Safety is billed as a “comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions” of public safety. The amendment states that it “could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities.”
It is unclear, other than these peace officers, who would make up the department, however.
A look back
The decision by the state Supreme Court on the proposal comes nearly a year and a half after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. The incident sparked demonstrations across the country in protest of police brutality and systemic racism, and prompted the first calls to defund local police departments.
Lately, politicians on the left have largely had to back away from the “defund the police” movement as a result of a crime wave that has swept through major cities across America. In fact, experts expect crime will be a major issue in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections for the first time in years.
If the people of Minneapolis do vote in favor of abolishing the police, this would be the most extreme reform to hit the country thus far.
They will get the opportunity to vote at the Minneapolis municipal elections, which will be held on Nov. 2. Early voting is already about to get underway.