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Chief Arradondo's fate murky as Minneapolis ponders future of police


Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Associated Press

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Police Department Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo, speaks in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Department is changing its policy on reporting use of force incidents by requiring that officers document their attempts to de-escalate a situation in all situations, whether or not they end with force being used, Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

While Minneapolis city leaders decide what their Police Department should look like in the post-George Floyd era, the fate of a popular police chief also hangs in the balance.

Although Eighth Ward Council Member Andrea Jenkins and seven of her colleagues pledged last month to replace the city's police force with a "transformative" public safety system, they admitted they didn't have "all the answers about what a police-free future looks like."

Among the lingering questions is the fate of Medaria Arradondo, the city's first Black police chief. On a City Council wracked by Floyd's death at the hands of police, views differ about what the future may bring.


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