AP Photo: Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott. (Headline USA) Elected officials in a Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April approved a resolution that puts the city on track to major changes to its policing practices.
The Brooklyn Center City Council voted 4-1 Saturday in favor of a resolution that would create new divisions of unarmed civilian employees to handle non-moving traffic violations and respond to mental health crises.
It also limits situations in which officers can make arrests and requires more de-escalation efforts by police before using deadly force.
In addition, a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention would be formed to oversee efforts on community health and public safety, led by a director with public health expertise.
The city attorney and mayor have said that adopting the resolution commits the city to change, though it is not a final action.
The resolution “will establish a new north star for our community, one that will keep all of us safe,” said Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott. “It says that we, as your elected leaders, are committing ourselves. And that you can hold us accountable for achieving those goals.”Elliott introduced the resolution last […]