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Minneapolis police no longer to ticket for equipment violations under new policy

 

January 30, 2020

JEFF WHEELER - Star Tribune file

A Minneapolis police squad car in south Minneapolis over the summer. Under a department policy unveiled Wednesday, Minneapolis officers will no longer ticket motorists for broken headlights or turn signals.

Minneapolis police officers will no longer ticket motorists for broken headlights or turn signals, instead handing out vouchers to pay for vehicle repairs under a new department policy unveiled Wednesday.

The changes come roughly a year after a pitched debate at City Hall over a possible moratorium on certain traffic stops, with some council members seeing the move as a way to ease the racial disparities in rates of traffic stops. Others worried that it would only harm residents in poorer neighborhoods, where gun violence is prevalent. That debate came weeks after a community forum where residents aired their frustrations with what they saw as years of harassment and discrimination at the hands of police.

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-to-no-longer-ticket-for-equipment-violations-under-new-policy/567406922/

 

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