So how is the Minneapolis City Council moving forward? Some of it’s members are putting forth a new budget – with more cuts.
Three members of the Minneapolis City Council released a “Safety for All” plan on Friday night to cut an additional $7.9 million from the police department’s budget in 2021 and ultimately reduce the authorized sworn force, opting instead to reinvest funding into mental health crisis response and violence prevention methods.
The plan also vows to cut $5 million in police overtime, while lowering the authorized MPD force to 750 in “future years,” down from the current number of 888.
Council member Phillipe Cunningham tells KARE-TV, “What folks have overwhelmingly asked for is for a response that is led by mental health professionals rather than law enforcement.”
Perhaps, the budget proposal by the council members are what really deserves "a response that is led by mental health professionals."
The full council plans to vote on a final budget December 9th.