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Minnesota Supreme Court says Minneapolis falls short on police staffing requirements

 

Star Tribune file

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Monday that Minneapolis wasn't meeting its police staffing requirements. The justices wrote that the City Council met its obligation to fund a minimum numbers of officers but Mayor Jacob Frey had a responsibility to ensure that that many were employed.

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Monday that Minneapolis isn't employing enough police officers, setting the stage for a hearing later this month in which Mayor Jacob Frey or city attorneys will have to explain why he hasn't met the obligations.

In a nine-page order issued Monday, just 11 days after justices heard arguments in the case, Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea drew a distinction between the roles Frey and the City Council play in police staffing. Gildea wrote that the City Council had met its obligation to fund a force with a minimum of 731 officers - a number based on the latest census data - when it included funding for a higher number in recent budgets.

But, Gildea wrote, "the Mayor has a clear legal duty under the Minneapolis City Charter to employ at least 731 sworn police officers."

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-supreme-court-says-minneapolis-falls-short-on-police-staffing-requirements/600183752/

 

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