Gov. Tim Walz, Democrats: Policing laws a top priority of session's final weeks


April 30, 2021


State legislators listened to Governor Tim Walz during a press conference on police reform. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ¥ Ð St. Paul, MN, April 29, 2021, Department of Revenue, Skjegstad Room - Governor Tim Walz will join leaders in the Minnesota Legislature to call on the Senate to take immediate action on police reform.

Gov. Tim Walz insisted Thursday that new police accountability measures must be part of the mix as the Legislature works to finalize a state budget and finish its session.

"The accountability we saw last week for George Floyd is the floor - not the ceiling - of what we need to do in Minnesota to advance police reform," Walz said Thursday in St. Paul, where he was joined by a dozen state lawmakers who want a new round of policing bills in response to the murder of Floyd and this month's police killing of Daunte Wright. "True justice comes through real, systemic change to prevent this from happening again."

Despite renewed urgency among advocates, Republicans who control the state Senate have given little indication they'll support significant changes to state policing laws. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, said the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin for murdering Floyd reduced the urgency.


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