File – Minneapolis police secure an intersection along 7th St. during unrest near Nicollet Mall Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:34 AM PT – Friday, December 4, 2020

The Minneapolis City Council is pushing for a new approach to public safety at the detriment of the police department budget.

During a public meeting Thursday, council members proposed a plan that includes cutting the police budget by nearly $6 million with the biggest reduction coming from the department’s overtime fund.

Despite fierce backlash from residents, city council member Lisa Bender claimed the proposal was what residents wanted and indicated she as well as her colleagues were not interested in further debate.

“We didn’t take the approach of bringing forward something that we didn’t think people would support to then negotiate it back,” Bender stated. “We brought forward a good faith compromise proposal that incorporates the feedback that we have heard from many.”

Violent crime has spiked dramatically in Minneapolis with crimes like carjackings up more than 500 percent in November compared to the same time last year.

The city council didn’t reach an agreement regarding a public safety program and will continue debate on next year’s budget Friday.

MORE NEWS: Authorities offering $60K reward for info in death of 1-year-old in southeast D.C.

Public Affairs

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified first!

You May Also Like

Newsom Recall Shows States Can Do More to Protect Constitutional Rights: Dr. Cordie Williams

It’s a ‘shot across the bow’ of politicians who would restrict civic…

Senate Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package on Party-Line Vote

The Senate approved the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package Saturday on a…

Grassroots Rebellion Grows With New Calls to Ban Critical Race Theory from Military, Public Schools

Kevin O’Leary said he was “devastated” when he learned his former football…

Psaki Dodges Question About Laid-Off Pipeline Workers, Green Jobs

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday dodged a question from…