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)

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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.

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