Almost three years after a white police officer killed a Black man by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes, the town of Minneapolis introduced Friday that it had permitted a plan to reform its police power.
The dying of 46-year-old George Floyd, whose ordeal was filmed by a passerby, sparked mass protests throughout the nation — and even in world cities — below the slogan “Black Lives Matter.”
The Floyd homicide on Could 25, 2020 led to sharp criticism of regulation enforcement strategies not solely in Minneapolis, a midwestern metropolis, however different US metropolitan areas.
An investigation launched after his dying by the Minnesota Division of Human Rights concluded final yr that the tragedy was a part of a sample of “race discrimination” inside the police power that spanned greater than a decade.
“At this time, we confront our previous and transfer ahead with a roadmap for significant change in our metropolis,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stated in a press release.
“Our overriding aim can be constructing a greater, extra simply strategy to policing and group security in Minneapolis,” Frey stated.
The 144-page settlement introduced Friday was negotiated between the town and the Division of Human Rights after an investigation’s findings have been launched final yr. It nonetheless requires court docket approval.
The textual content consists of provisions that police might not have interaction in pretextual stops of autos for sure minor violations, like a damaged tail mild, and might not search and frisk somebody in the event that they odor marijuana.
It requires police to make use of power provided that “obligatory” and in a de-escalatory method “proportionate to the perceived menace.” It additionally prohibits utilizing power to punish or retaliate.
Tasers ought to solely be used if police have a purpose to make an arrest and whether it is essential to “defend the officer, the person or a 3rd celebration,” the settlement says.
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