Minneapolis judge rules residents can sue the city over police reduction

Minneapolis district judge Jamie Anderson has ruled that residents have standing to sue the city over an alleged police staffing violation.

Anderson ruled city officials “have no authority to divert funds from the Minneapolis Police Department if they have not met their public duty to fund a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident.”

He added “misallocation of money that properly should fund a police force is an unlawful disbursement of funds.”

Per SouthernMinn.com “the lawsuit argues that the number of licensed police officers has dropped from 825 at the start of 2020 to about 634.”

The lawsuit also alleged city officials reduced police funding in 2020 by about $1.1 million during a police shortage following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

According to a recent report from the Star Tribune, Minneapolis is considering bringing in outside police officers amid a shortage.

Nikki Haley responded to the story by tweeting “This turn of events is tragic. The defund-the-police movement may not have won many policy victories, but it has still succeeded at dismantling many police forces. The American public will pay the price.”

Per the Star Tribune “Minneapolis officials are considering bringing in officers from other jurisdictions to help the city’s Police Department as they face a wave of violent crime and an officer shortage.”

The report adds “If the mayor and City Council approve the plan, officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit Police would temporarily work with the city, primarily helping to respond to violent 911 calls.”

The Minneapolis City Council in June unanimously passed a resolution to replace the police department.

Per the Daily Mail “The council said they would pursue a community-led public safety system as a replacement

Council members signing the resolution said reform of the police would not work and a full replacement of the current system was necessary.”