Minneapolis Votes Down Measure Replacing Police Department

Minneapolis on Tuesday voted down Question 2, a ballot measure that would have overhauled the city’s police department.

The ballot question failed, with 57 percent of Minneapolis voters voting against it, according to The Associated Press.

Question 2 would have dissolved Minneapolis’s current police department by revising the city’s charter to establish a new Department of Public Safety.

The new entity would have employed a “comprehensive public health approach to safety,” replacing the city police chief with a commissioner nominated by the mayor and appointed by the Minneapolis City Council.

Police officers themselves would not be completely done away with, but nonpolice first responders – social workers, therapists and other trained professionals – would be introduced to deal with substance abuse emergencies, mental health crises and other nonviolent situations.

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