FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 20, 2022
Victory: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Upper Midwest Law Center
Minnesota Supreme Court requires Mayor Jacob Frey to meet police officer minimum
Golden Valley, MN – Today, the Upper Midwest Law Center on behalf of eight Northside Minneapolis residents received a victory from the Minnesota Supreme Court in the case of Spann, et al. v. Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey, the successful UMLC challenge to Minneapolis police defunding.
This victory sends the case back to the Hennepin County District Court and orders Mayor Jacob Frey to either certify that the Minneapolis Police Department meets the staffing minimum set in the City Charter or show cause why the City has failed to staff a police force of at least 731 sworn officers.
“This is a huge victory for our clients and the residents of Minneapolis,” said James Dickey, Senior Trial Counsel for UMLC. “This decision requires Mayor Frey to show that he has complied with the Charter police minimum or show why he cannot. MPD is under the required amount by at least a hundred officers, and we look forward to seeing the evidence of what the Mayor and City Council have done to change that.”
The city must comply with this ruling by June 30, 2022. Read the entire ruling here.
Upper Midwest Law Center is a non-profit, public interest law firm with the mission to initiate pro-freedom litigation to protect against constitutional violations, government overreach, special interest agendas and public union corruption and abuses. UMLC is a 501(c)(3) organization.