The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by the city of Minneapolis for an emergency review of a judge’s order requiring at least 730 police officers to be hired by next summer in order to comply to the city’s charter requirement for strength based on the population of residents.
Without providing an explanation, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea dismissed the City of Minneapolis’ request for a “expedited review,” which would have bypassed the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported. The city has asked for a review of the order issued by Hennepin County Judge Jamie Anderson last month to provide more details ahead of the November election.
Anderson ordered city council and Mayor Jacob Frey to “immediately take all necessary steps to ensure they fund a police force”, demanding that at least 730 sworn officers be employed by June 30, 2022 .
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Although “disappointed” with the decision, the city’s prosecutor’s office “is considering how best to proceed as we pursue the appeal in the Court of Appeal,” city spokesman Casper said on Tuesday. Hill, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Residents of northern Minneapolis, beset by violence since widespread protests calling for “police funding” erupted after George Floyd’s death, filed a lawsuit against Frey and city council alleging they were in violation of the charter of the city which mandates the police department maintains a certain number of agents according to the population.
Separately, voters will decide on a voting measure to completely replace the police department.
Nearly $ 1 million in state and local campaign funds flocked to Minneapolis to support the Yes 4 Minneapolis group, which introduced the voting measure proposing the abolition of the police department and the creation of a new security agency public in its place.
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Critics have argued that the concerns of local residents are being drowned out by outside dollars.