Passed by the KFNA Board 7/19/2020
Whereas, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) sees an urgent need for transformational change to community safety and policing in the City of Minneapolis.
Whereas, the current Minneapolis City Charter does not allow for that change and accountability.
Whereas, the community of Minneapolis should be given the opportunity to voice their opinion on this change and directly engage with the question of policing and safety.
Whereas, the need and responsibility to take bold action now is essential.
KFNA calls on the City of Minneapolis Charter Commission to fulfill their duty and let the people of Minneapolis vote on a meaningful City Charter amendment.
But what does this mean and what will the Charter Language Be? That Remains to be Determined.
In June, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously initiated a process to allow voters to decide whether to adopt a proposed charter amendment whether to create a new Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention. The Charter is essentially the City’s constitution, and this change (if approved by a majority of voters) would allow much more flexibility in how public safety is ensured or everyone in our City. The charter amendment would not eliminate law enforcement. Instead, this measure is needed so that we can incorporate strategies in addition to traditional policing. The language that was to be voted on as an ammednment is “Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to provide for the establishment of a new Community Safety & Violence Prevention Department and to remove the Police Department.”
However in July the Minneapolis Charter Commission has proposed another possible change to the City Charter, our City’s constitution, and will also seek public input on this proposal. This new proposal removes minimum funding requirements for the Police Department without eliminating Police as a required department. The language for this ammednment is ““Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the minimum funding requirements of the Police Force.”
The Charter Commission’s new proposal is separate from the Minneapolis City Council’s existing proposal to eliminate Police as a required department in the City Charter and instead require the creation of a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, which may include a police division. PLEASE NOTE: If both proposals are approved by the deadline, they could both appear as ballot questions this November.
The public hearing for this newer proposed Charter amendment is set for:
- Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m. online.
How to participate and submit comments
- Use this online public comment form.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Or mail comments to: Minneapolis Charter Commission / City Hall – Room 304, 350 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
- If you’re interested in speaking at the July 27 online public hearing, you can pre-register here.