At Issue: Nov. 7 — Question 2, the municipal election, what it means for 2022 |

At Issue: Nov. 7 — Question 2, the municipal election, what it means for 2022

Ricky Campbell
Updated: November 07, 2021 09:11 PM
Created: November 05, 2021 03:13 PM

One question on the Minneapolis ballot gained national attention: What to do with the future of the Minneapolis Police Department?

This week on "At Issue," we look at how that question shaped not just the city's charter, but also the campaigns for mayor, city council – and could shape Democrats' chances in 2022. Mayor Jacob Frey won re-election with about 49% of the vote. He sits down with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS to outline his plan for the future of public safety in the city and how his office will be integral in shaping policing for the future.

Still, there's a lingering question of how the Minneapolis Police Department will be changed after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of George Floyd.

"We want meaningful reform; people want that," former DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "To the degree of what that looks like – and the uncertainty – is why the charter amendment didn't pass."

"People are seeing crime in their neighborhood," Republican strategist Brian R. McDaniel said. "They should want the police department to do better – and they must – but they also have to have people in place that would be redesigning that department that they trust. I don't think they trusted some of the people on the council."

Meanwhile, in Washington, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg outlines his hopes for the Biden infrastructure plan. It includes $4.5 billion in funding for Minnesota's roads and bridges, and as Buttigieg points out, an effort to build up the nation's transit system.

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