MPD Liability, Minimum Wage Lawsuits Heard in Court Friday

August 12, 2016 02:30 PM

Two lawsuits against the Minneapolis City Council were heard in court Friday morning.

The suits aim to get proposals for police liability insurance and minimum wage on the November ballot after the council voted to block the two city charter amendments last week.

The group 15 Now Minnesota has been pushing to get a minimum wage increase of $15 an hour amended to the city's charter.

Meanwhile, the Committee for Professional Policing wants all Minneapolis police officers to carry their own misconduct insurance, which is a form of liability insurance. It would cover premium increases if an officer violates a law or policy. The group says it's an innovative policy that would incentivize good policing.

If either of the issues are going to make the November ballot for a public vote, the judge's decision will need to be made in the next two weeks.

That decision is going to come down to the wording of Chapter 410 of Minnesota's state statutes.

Minneapolis's City Attorney Susan Segal interprets it in a way that forbids the issues from being voted on. Several council members took her advice, and the proposals were voted down at the council meeting Friday.

Both groups had a strong presence in the courtroom, and several people were forced to wait outside because it was too packed.

The legal teams will now be completing briefings for next week.



Scott Theisen & Tyler Berg

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