Minneapolis Voters Reject Defunding the Police

A Minneapolis police vehicle / Reuters
November 2, 2021

(Reuters) — Voters in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered by police in May 2020, on Tuesday rejected a ballot question that would have dissolved the police department in favor of a new Department of Public Safety, the Washington Post projected.

Those who campaigned to keep the police department intact said it was too risky to go for a wholesale change in policing in the city, which is facing a crime wave. They also worried a national backlash from Republicans would be ignited if Minneapolis embarked on the change.

(Reporting by Brad Brooks and Eric Beech. Editing by Peter Cooney and Tim Ahmann.)