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Federal Government Denies Disaster Aid for Minneapolis Riots

A preliminary assessment found more than $15 million of damages directly related to fires

The federal government has denied a request from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz for federal funds to rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Mr. Walz’s spokesman Teddy Tschann confirmed that the request for federal aid was denied, saying the governor is “disappointed.”

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Homeless Encampments Continue To Grow In Minneapolis

As homeless encampments continue to grow in parks across Minneapolis, some neighborhoods have seen an increase in crime, Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield reports (2:09) WCCO 4 News At 6 - July 10, 2020
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New resolution could limit number of Minneapolis park encampments

The park board will vote on the plan this week.

Author:Declan DesmondUpdated:Jul 12, 2020Original:Jul 11, 2020

Nearly a month after it passed a controversial resolution allowing homeless encampments in its parks, Minneapolis is now considering scaling it back.

This week, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will vote on an amendment that would limit the number of parks at which homeless people are allowed to stay overnight.

The amendment would also establish some additional guidelines for remaining encampments, which would support "the health and safety of individuals" living in them while ensuring park visitors can still access "recreation features," an MPRB news release says.

Said guidelines would do all of the following, according to the board:

Limit the number of encampment-hosting parks to 20 (currently, there are encampments at 38 city parks)Allow no more than 25 tents per encampment Establish temporary permits for volunteers, non-profits and other groups who agree "to be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and regulation" of the sitesProvide restrooms or portable toilets, hand washing stations (as vendor supplies allow), and trash/recycling containers to a permitted encampment within 48 hours of issuing a permit.

The proposal is a less restrictive version of an earlier resolution that would have limited the number of parks with encampments to no more than 10 — and allowed no more than 10 tents per camp.

This earlier proposal, which was voted down at the beginning of the month, also would have required that the camps be gone by Sept. 1.

MPRB's new resolution does away with the hard deadline, instead requiring park staff to give an update to the board by Sept. 15 on their "progress toward moving encampment occupants into shelter and housing suitable for winter conditions."

The park settlements sprung up in June, after at least a hundred people were forced to leave a Midtown hotel that had served as a homeless sanctuary amid the dual crises of coronavirus and the riots following the George Floyd killing.

Since then, Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis has become the epicenter of this development. It's currently home to 282 occupants, a recent survey found.

In the release, park officials acknowledge that the size of the settlement is "not sustainable."

The Powderhorn encampment has been associated with some high-profile crimes, including a child sexual assault and the fatal shooting of a man about a block away from the camp.

MPRB will vote on the new encampment resolution on Wednesday, July 15.

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The Minneapolis city council is a joke as is the mayor of Seattle. lol These folks are failing to protect their people by giving into this "defund/disband the police" nonsense and they should be held accountable for it. Hopefully that happens.

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Sex offender removed from women's homeless camp in Minneapolis

A registered sex offender was removed from women's homeless camp in Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis Residents Weigh In on Plan to Abolish Police Department

More than 200 people signed up to speak at a Wednesday hearing

Minneapolis residents expressed support, confusion and some frustration as they debated a proposal to let voters decide in November whether to abolish its traditional police department next year in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

After mass protests and widespread destruction unleashed by Mr. Floyd’s killing, the Minneapolis city council last month unanimously approved a proposed change to the city charter that would create a new department of community safety and violence prevention next May.

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‘Justice needs to be served’: Minneapolis businesses put principles first

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July 17, 2020, 1:56 PM

First came the pandemic. In March, as Minnesota and the country ran low on certain essential supplies, Chris and Shanelle Montana realized they could help meet demand for one coveted item and, in turn, save their business. The owners of Du Nord Craft Spirits, a microdistillery that opened in 2013, they started producing a new alcohol-based commodity, switching from vodka, gin, and whiskey to hand sanitizer.

Then came the protests. After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd on Memorial Day, demonstrations erupted in the state’s largest city. The four officers charged in Mr. Floyd’s death worked out of the 3rd Precinct in the Longfellow neighborhood, five blocks from Du Nord. Mr. Montana braved clouds of tear gas to hand out bottled water and hand sanitizer to protesters as they filled the streets around the police station.

And then came the destruction. As mostly peaceful marches in the area gave way to sporadic rioting, looters started a fire in Du Nord’s warehouse, setting off the sprinkler system. Water flooded the building and caused its ceiling to collapse. Shaking off their initial distress, the Montanas rallied employees and volunteers to convert the warehouse into a food bank, where residents in need could pick up donated goods.

The couple decided against defending their business as protests flared. “There’s nothing in here that’s worth a life,” Mr. Montana says, standing in Du Nord’s almost unscathed main building, a space that contains its distillery equipment and cocktail room. He attributes its survival to his employees, who boarded up windows with signs that read “Black-Owned.”

“Our thinking was, ‘We’re going to give the building to Minneapolis and continue to support the demonstrations,’” says Mr. Montana, one of the country’s few Black distillery owners. “As much as this place means to us, you can’t compare that with what happened to George Floyd.”

A desire for racial justice and a distinct lack of self-pity unite small business owners in Longfellow as they attempt to recover from the fires, looting, and vandalism that damaged or destroyed almost 1,500 businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Stevie Wonder to Minneapolis youth: 'You cannot say Black Lives Matter, and then kill yourselves'

Music legend Stevie Wonder took part in a north Minneapolis "Conference on Peace" on Saturday, focusing on ending youth gun violence.

Wonder focused on the recent verdict of St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, acquitted Friday in last summer's killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. He urged the crowd to help bring peace to their communities.

“It is in your hands to stop all the killing and all the shooting wherever it might be. Because you cannot say Black Lives Matter and then kill yourselves,” Wonder said. “Because you know, we’ve mattered long before it was said. But the way we show all the various of people color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it – not just talking about it.”

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Various speakers, including civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis, all focused on city street violence between young people.

Part of the solution, they said, centers around finding alternatives to street warfare for young people trapped in the cycle of poverty. Speakers reminded parents how large a role they play in guiding their children's lives.

About 100 people participated in the conference at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

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Minneapolis Charter Commission advances new proposal to eliminate police staffing requirement

Charter Commission to collect feedback at Monday public hearing.

By Liz Navratil Star Tribune

July 20, 2020 — 10:11pm



The burned out Third Precinct at the corner of E. Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis, seen on July 16. Voters could face competing ballot questions in November, as the city debates how to remake policing in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission on Monday advanced its own proposal for changing the city's Police Department: eliminating the minimum staffing requirement, but otherwise leaving the charter intact.

The move sets the stage for competing ballot questions in November, as the city debates how to remake policing in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death.

The city charter, which serves as its constitution, currently says the city must maintain a police department and the council must "fund a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident."

During a special meeting Monday afternoon, Commissioner Al Giraud-Isaacson unveiled a proposal that would delete that minimum funding language from the charter.

"The charter is not a place, in my opinion, for deciding how large city departments should be," Giraud-Isaacson said.

The proposal would still keep the requirement to have a police department, but would give the mayor and City Council wider latitude in determining its size, he said.

The court-appointed commission voted 14-1 to set a public hearing to collect feedback on the measure. The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. Monday.

The only person who voted against that effort was Commissioner Dan Cohen, who said he thought the Charter Commission has a "legal and a moral obligation to uphold the strong Minneapolis police force."

The commission could decide unilaterally to send the measure to voters. The City Council and mayor would decide how the question appears on the ballot, but they cannot change the amendment itself.

The commission faces an Aug. 21 deadline for adding measures to the Nov. 3 ballot.

The commission is also reviewing a proposal introduced by five City Council members. The proposal would remove the requirement to have a police department and replace it with a community safety department — which may or may not include licensed police officers. Those staffing decisions would be made by the mayor and council in separate processes.

The commission could issue a recommendation on whether that proposal should head to the ballot, or offer its own substitute proposal. The City Council would not be required to follow the commission's recommendation.

The commission could also decide to take an additional 90 days to review the measure, preventing it from heading to the ballot this year. A public hearing on the council's proposal is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Depending on the actions of the commission and City Council, both proposals could end up on the November ballot.

Liz Navratil covers Minneapolis City Hall for the Star Tribune. She previously worked in Pennsylvania, where she covered state government and crime — and sometimes both at once. She's part of the team that won a 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.

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In Minneapolis, Armed Residents Set Up Patrols Amid Calls to Defund the Police

The city council approves its first permanent cuts to the police budget; crime has surged in the past two months

Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing in May. At least one neighborhood has put up barricades to keep away outsiders.

The moves come as the city council on Friday approved its first permanent cuts to the police budget, amid calls to defund the department and generally lower tax revenue due to the economic strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

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Stevie Wonder to Minneapolis youth: 'You cannot say Black Lives Matter, and then kill yourselves'

Music legend Stevie Wonder took part in a north Minneapolis "Conference on Peace" on Saturday, focusing on ending youth gun violence.

Wonder focused on the recent verdict of St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, acquitted Friday in last summer's killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. He urged the crowd to help bring peace to their communities.

“It is in your hands to stop all the killing and all the shooting wherever it might be. Because you cannot say Black Lives Matter and then kill yourselves,” Wonder said. “Because you know, we’ve mattered long before it was said. But the way we show all the various of people color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it – not just talking about it.”

IN-DEPTH: Officer Jeronimo Yanez fo...do Castile

Various speakers, including civil rights leader Benjamin Chavis, all focused on city street violence between young people.

Part of the solution, they said, centers around finding alternatives to street warfare for young people trapped in the cycle of poverty. Speakers reminded parents how large a role they play in guiding their children's lives.

About 100 people participated in the conference at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

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As some debate 'dismantling' MPD, an alternative proposal comes to light

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is also considering a less extreme proposal to remove minimum funding requirements, while leaving MPD intact.

Author: Danny SpewakPublished: 9:37 PM CDT July 27, 2020

Updated: 10:08 PM CDT July 27, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — At this point, many are aware that the Minneapolis City Council has proposed an amendment to the city charter, seeking to delete the "police department" in favor of a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. It is currently under review by the city's Charter Commission as required by law.

At the same time, a separate, less drastic policing proposal has also surfaced in recent days – one that came from within the Charter Commission itself. Commissioner Al Giraud-Issaacson is pushing an idea that would simply remove the "minimum funding" requirement from the city charter, while leaving the Minneapolis Police Department intact.

If they're approved in time by the charter commission, both proposals could go on the ballot for a public vote, according to chair Barry Clegg.

"Yes, they can," Clegg said in an interview with KARE 11. "They both get rid of the same language, relating to minimum funding for policed department. I think it would not be inconsistent to put them both into effect if they both passed."

On Monday, the Charter Commission held a virtual public hearing on Giraud-Issaacson's proposal to delete "minimum funding" requirements, that might allow for reduced officer staffing without entirely dismantling MPD.

RELATED: Most Americans against defunding, abolishing police, survey finds

RELATED: How would defunding the MPD work? City Council member Jeremiah Ellison explains

Many of the public speakers, joining the hearing over the phone, blasted the commission for proposing a "watered down" version of the council's plan to disband the department. They also criticized the role of the charter commissioners, who are unelected but appointed by a district court judge.

A sampling of the comments included:

"How is an unelected commission able to introduce its own ad hoc legislation? I think that's really absurd."""Straight up, I want to vote on the original amendment proposed by city council... I don't know what's in yours... that seems hugely undemocratic...""You're blocking the democratic process, and you're exposing yourself as unelected officials."

On the other hand, other speakers defended the charter commission's authority to offer a proposal – including one who said "democracy is increased when there is more than one candidate, whether that be an individual or proposal on the ballot."

And although the hearing was not specifically about the council's idea to disband police, there was discussion that centered around the council's original proposal. Sharon Sayles Belton, the former mayor of Minneapolis, said the idea to dismantle MPD in favor of a new system with more council oversight would be a mistake.

"No one can lead anything with 15 bosses," Sayles Belton said. "I've been in these roles and I'm telling you it can't be done. The city council has not presented a plan for the Minneapolis Police Department."

Time is running out to get either of these proposals on the November ballot for a public vote. The Charter Commission must decide on its own proposal by this Wednesday; and for the council's proposal, it needs to act by August 5.

Otherwise, they may be pushed to next year's election in 20-21.

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I don't remember it this way, but no mayor Frey is passing the buck...



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Minneapolis mayor blames Gov. Tim Walz for ignoring warnings about riots
By Ebony Bowden

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz reportedly ignored repeated warnings from the mayor of Minneapolis about brewing violence in the city after the May death of George Floyd and rebuffed his requests to deploy the National Guard.

In a bombshell interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mayor Jacob Frey said Walz failed to act after Frey repeatedly raised the alarm about growing unrest in the city that led to widespread looting and the torching of a police precinct and hundreds of other buildings.

Frey said he called Walz, a fellow Democrat, on the second night of unrest to warn him that a Target store was being looted and asked him to send in troops, which Walz eventually did days later.

The city of Minneapolis sustained more than $55 million in property damage from looting and protests demanding justice for Floyd's death at the hands of white police officers.

"We expressed the seriousness of the situation. The urgency was clear," Frey told the Star Tribune, while providing text messages between him and the governor.

"He did not say yes," Frey said of Walz, 56. "He said he would consider it."

Days later, Walz stood outside the smoldering Third Precinct police station and accused Frey of losing control of his city, calling the response an "abject failure."

Frey, 39, described it as a "hit in the gut."

"Not just for me, but for so many in our city that were doing everything they could. Everyone was pouring themselves into stemming the violence," he said.

But the governor's office pushed back on suggestions that it failed to quell rioting and said text messages and phone calls from Frey did not count as a formal request to send in the National Guard.

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