Police would handle defendants with outstanding warrants for petty misdemeanors as “sign-and-release” instead of arresting them, under a bill now awaiting a vote in the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House. Cambridge Republican Brian Johnson says it would not have made any difference in the case of Daunte Wright, who had a gross misdemeanor warrant:

“It’s unfortunate that he didn’t comply and just go to jail and things would have been a lot different, but it’s easy to be Monday morning quarterback.”

Saint Paul Democrat Carlos Mariani responded:

“I certainly hope that there is no one in this body who thinks that what happened to Mr. Wright was the right thing for our laws or state or public safety to produce.”