Sen. Tina Smith opposes Minneapolis policing ballot question
Smith weighs in on the ballot measure dividing the state's top Democrats
October 20, 2021
.S. Sen. Tina Smith said Tuesday she will vote no on the Minneapolis policing ballot measure dividing prominent Democrats more than a year after the police killing of George Floyd.
"After many conversations, I have concluded that Amendment #2 does not address the core public safety challenges we face, and may well move us in the wrong direction," Smith said in a statement.
If Minneapolis voters approve the measure in the city's Nov. 2 election, the city could replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety agency. Fellow Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who, like Smith, lives in Minneapolis, opposes the ballot question along with DFL Gov. Tim Walz. But Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, two Democrats who both live in the city, are openly backing the measure.