Minneapolis mayor proposes keeping vacant 100 police jobs


FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls on Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in the death of George Floyd as he speaks during a news conference, at City Hall in Minneapolis. Mayor Frey on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, announced plans to hold open 100 police officer positions next year as part of a hiring freeze to help manage a 2021 budget and as activists are clamoring to shift money away from traditional policing. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has announced plans to hold open an expected 100 police officer openings in next year’s budget.

Frey’s proposal came Friday in an address laying out his vision for next year’s city budget. Frey has opposed a majority of City Council members who wanted to shut down the department after George Floyd’s death in May and replace it with a new, more “holistic” public safety department.

Frey’s budget pointed toward some of the ways he suggests revamping the force instead.

The city council will review Frey’s proposed budget when a more specific plan is released next month.

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