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The Minneapolis City Council is trying, once again, to dismantle the city’s police force, this time voting on a plan to replace the city’s police department with a “public safety department” that would handle emergency calls with a “comprehensive public health approach.” The Minneapolis City Council was blocked from abolishing the police force last year by the city’s charter commission, which pointed out that the city’s municipal charter requires it to have a law enforcement divison. Armed with that knowledge, the “Yes 4 Minneapolis Committee” is pressing a measure that would give voters the option to amend the city’s charter to move towards a “public safety” department. “The Minneapolis Policy and Government Oversight Committee, which is comprised of all 13 Minneapolis City Council members, approved the measure proposed by the advocacy group Yes 4 Minneapolis Committee in an 11-2 vote that will now be passed along to the general council for a vote,” per Fox News, citing local sources. “If the City Council votes in favor of the amendment, it would appear on the general election ballot for Minneapolis residents on Nov. 2.”

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