MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that a new task force has been formed to help guide the city as it considers changes to its Police Department, a priority for city leaders and some community members after the May 25 death of George Floyd.
The public safety transformation task force will include national and local leaders. Members of a local group will focus on increased accountability, safety beyond policing, community and police relations and proactive measures. Frey didn’t elaborate.READ MORE: 'This Is A Test For Minnesota': Protesters Outside Governor's Mansion Call For Justice In Derek Chauvin Trial
“Achieving deep, transformational change to public safety will require a team effort,” Frey said in a statement. “And the combination of experts and advocates that we have assembled are primed to deliver innovative policies and a wholly-new approach to public safety.”
Members of the local group will include police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis NAACP president Leslie Redmond, Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty, and others.READ MORE: Police Seek Suspect In Fatal Shooting Near George Floyd Memorial
Frey said a national group will also meet in coming weeks to focus on policies, practices and models to help Minneapolis build a safer city for everyone.
The City Council is moving forward with a proposal to dismantle the Police Department and replace it with a community-based approach. Frey has said he’s against abolishing the department, but that there must be change.As Spring Allergies Spike, Doctors Say Test For COVID As A Precaution
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