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Minneapolis business owners: Fix, don't scrap, police department


Shari L. Gross – Star Tribune

"Look at what happened when the police didn't come," said Khaled Aloul, whose GM Tobacco Stores were looted.

Small-business owners in Minneapolis who lost everything in the riots don't want to lose their police department, too. But nobody thinks it should be business as usual, either.

That view is shared by large and small companies, according to an informal survey conducted by the Star Tribune, which asked dozens of business owners if they support the recent pledge by a City Council majority to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department in response to public furor over the death of George Floyd.

"What I feel in my heart, and what millions of people feel, is that there is a young girl without a dad who should still be on the planet," said restaurant owner Charles Stotts, whose Town Talk Diner & Gastropub was destroyed in the riots. "There needs to be a fix to this, whatever that fix is."


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