Minneapolis City Council drops idea of using police money for citizen patrols
July 23, 2020
The Minneapolis City Council briefly considered diverting money from police to citizen patrols, with the council's public safety chairwoman suggesting an armed group as one that could potentially benefit.
During a budget meeting last week, Council Member Alondra Cano proposed cutting $500,000 from the Minneapolis Police Department for the citizen groups.
She described it as an effort to "respond to the hundreds of people who have formed their own community safety patrol systems to keep their blocks and their neighborhoods safe in this time of deep transition."