Governor Tim Walz’s 35-million-dollar public safety request to prepare for the upcoming George Floyd officer trials has hit a snag in the DFL-controlled Minnesota House. Major law enforcement groups oppose Saint Paul Democrat Carlos Mariani’s provision requiring all agencies to have policies on handling public assemblies that meet a state standard. Mariani argues:
“Public safety, protecting people from harm, should go hand-in-hand with protecting people’s First Amendment rights.”
Republicans in the Senate object the governor’s 35-million-dollar plan would bail out the City of Minneapolis, which hasn’t reimbursed outside law enforcement agencies for help they sent during the George Floyd riots. Republicans say at the same time some Minneapolis City Council members continue talking about de-funding the police.