Minneapolis agrees deal with state to revamp post-George Floyd policing | Minneapolis

The Minneapolis city council on Friday approved an agreement with the state to revamp policing, nearly three years after a city officer murdered George Floyd.

The Minnesota department of human rights issued a blistering report last year that said the police department had engaged in a pattern of race discrimination for at least a decade. City leaders subsequently agreed to negotiate a settlement with the agency.

The city council approved the court-enforceable agreement on Friday on an 11-0 vote, but not before several members expressed harsh criticism of the Minneapolis police department and other city leaders over the years.

“The lack of political will to take responsibility for MPD is why we are in this position today,” council member Robin Wonsley said.

“This legal settlement formally and legally prevents city leadership from deferring that responsibility any more. And I hope this settlement is a wake-up call for city leaders, whom the public has watched rubber-stamp poor labor contracts, have signed off on endless misconduct settlements, and then shrugged their shoulders when residents asked then why we have a dysfunctional police department.”

The state agency launched its investigation shortly after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes, disregarding the Black man’s fading pleas that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death sparked mass protests that spread around the world and reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement.

It forced a national reckoning on racial injustice and compelled the Minneapolis police department to begin an overhaul.

Chauvin was later convicted of murder. He and three other officers who were at the scene are now serving prison terms.

The US Department of Justice is still investigating whether Minneapolis police engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination, and that investigation could lead to a separate consent decree with the city for federal supervision.

The state settlement, which still requires court approval, contains sections governing the use of force, stops, searches and arrests, body and dashboard cameras, training, officer wellness, responding to mental health and behavioral crises. It also requires the appointment of an independent evaluator to monitor compliance.

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