The city of Minneapolis put the choice of keeping their police department or turning it into a Department of Public Safety to a vote. The voters declared, they still want their police department.
The measure would have been an amendment to the cities charter, and the Department of Public Safety would have taken a public health focus. However, those opposed to the measure said that those in favor did not have a defined game plan, according to the Associated Press.
If the proposal had passed, the switch would have to take place within 30 days. The amendment failed 57 percent to 44 percent. The city requires that more than 51 percent of residents vote for an amendment to change the charter.
Currently, Minneapolis' charter says they have to have a police department and gives a minimum number of officers needed based on the population. Unfortunately, since George Floyd's death, crime has risen exponentially.
Along with the hike in crime, more officers have been accused of excessive force, racism, and the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the department. Interestingly enough, black residents polled in September did not want the department to be dismantled.
However, the shortage of officers continues to be a problem. With around 591 of their 853 officers left, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo wants a $27 million budget to staff the department and begin to bring that crime rate down.