Governor Tim Walz says he appreciates Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka saying the Minnesota Senate will hold hearings to discuss possible police reform measures:

“I would just caution about things being perfunctory and checking a box, rather than having an honest conversation about things that might work.”

Gazelka promised hearings within two weeks, but stressed the state budget must come first.   When asked whether additional police reforms are necessary, Gazelka said “absolutely not” — pointing to measures the legislature already passed after the death of George Floyd.   Democratic Representative Cedric Frazier from New Hope says “anything short of passing meaningful police accountability laws… confirms…the Senate G-O-P does not value black lives.”