Minneapolis residents will vote on the future of policing for their community. "Question 2" on Tuesday's ballot, asks Minneapolis voters to amend the city's charter by replacing the existing police with a public safety department.
Question 2: "Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the Police Department and replace it with a Department of Public Safety that employs a comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions by the Department of Public Safety, with those specific functions to be determined by the Mayor and City Council by ordinance; which will not be subject to exclusive mayoral power over its establishment, maintenance, and command; and which could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety, with the general nature of the amendments being briefly indicated in the explanatory note below, which is made a part of this ballot?"
If voted it would shift to social workers and other community officials to help the community in policing. If violent acts are carried out, then armed police officers would go in and help with those matters in the city. The city has an unfavorable approval of the police in a recent poll and this was spurred on in 2020 when George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin.