As jury selection in the Derek Chauvin trial enters its second week, Governor Tim Walz’s 35-million-dollar public safety request remains stalled at the legislature. The governor says he’d “certainly like” lawmakers to act, but that has other options to keep Minnesotans safe in case of trouble during the trial:
“This has become highly politically-charged. It does impact how I approach this but, much like with COVID, the legislature has the luxury of having these theoretical discussions. I have to actually deliver and get things done.”
In an interesting political twist, Republicans appear willing to go along with the governor’s request, but some Democrats in the Minnesota House are refusing unless significant police reforms are included. G-O-P leaders say public safety is paramount, but some Democrats warn of more killings like George Floyd unless police are held accountable.