Created: May 15, 2021 09:34 PM
The Brooklyn Center City Council has passed a resolution that would reshape the city's approach to policing.
Council members passed the resolution by a 4-1 vote during a special meeting Saturday. The measure does not make any sweeping changes right away; rather, it gives city leaders a roadmap for overhauling its public safety departments.
The proposal is named after Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, two Black men who were shot and killed during encounters with Brooklyn Center police officers. Wright's death during a traffic stop last month precipitated conversation on police reform locally and statewide.
“Brooklyn Center did not look to be in the national spotlight on these issues, but here we are,” Mayor Mike Elliott said. “And given the tragic incidents that occurred here, including those taking the lives of Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, we must respond with a commitment to do better, and today’s vote is part of that response.”
The proposal calls for the establishment of an implementation committee comprised of experts on public health-oriented approaches to community safety that would draft specific changes for the city council to vote on, as well as an oversight committee of people who have dealt directly with the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
Specific measures proposed in the resolution include the formation of an unarmed traffic enforcement division, an unarmed community response team that would assist with mental health and medical crises the implementation of a "citation and summons" policy that would prohibit officers from making arrests or searching vehicles for non-moving traffic violations.
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