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UMLC files brief defending victory in case against Minneapolis police defunding

Last Friday, Upper Midwest Law Center filed a response brief in the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Spann v. Minneapolis City Council. In the brief, UMLC supports the Court Order which stops the defunding of the Minneapolis police. The Minneapolis Charter requires 730 or more active, sworn police officers based on the 2020 Census. UMLC strongly opposes the City’s claim that Mayor Frey, or any future Mayor, can fire every Minneapolis police officer based on “discretion.” The City’s arguments are dangerous for the safety of Minneapolis.

As UMLC’s brief argues:

[The City Council and Mayor are] merely trying to find technical ways to avoid their legal duties. What [they] are really asking this Court to hold is that it is an “exercise of discretion” to be cheap, slow, and ineffective—while Respondents duck from gunfire ripping through the streets of Minneapolis’ embattled North Side. Discretion is not an excuse for inaction.

Brief, p. 49.

Read the brief here.

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