Wrangling continues at the State Capitol over Governor Tim Walz’s 35-million-dollar public safety request for the upcoming George Floyd officer trials. Farmington Republican Pat Garofalo says Democrats last night (Wed) rejected a G-O-P bill that’s essentially the governor’s proposal while moving forward with one that the three major law enforcement organizations in Minnesota don’t support:
“The idea that a law enforcement funding bill that is opposed by law enforcement would ever become law is pure fantasy.”
Police lobbyists don’t like that House Democrats’ bill would require statewide standards on how law enforcement handles public assemblies. Cambridge Republican Representative Brian Johnson says Greater Minnesota departments already have such policies. Further complicating the political situation, Republicans in the state Senate say Minneapolis must reimburse outside law enforcement agencies for sending help during last summer’s riots.