MN: Judge rejects Minneapolis ballot language on policing

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A judge struck down ballot language Tuesday that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, saying the wording was misleading and unworkable. ‘The court finds that the current ballot language is vague, ambiguous and incapable of implementation, and is insufficient to identify the amendment clearly,’ Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson wrote. ‘It is unreasonable and misleading.’ Anderson issued the order just ahead of a looming deadline for ballots to go to the printer. The proposed amendment to the city charter, approved by the City Council last month, would have asked voters whether to replace the police force with a new but mostly undefined Department of Public Safety that takes a ‘comprehensive public health approach’ and ‘may include’ police officers.” (09/07/21)