Despite Bipartisan Police Reform, Democrats Signal Another Push for Regulation

"I’m pleased we took a first step in the right direction on police reform and accountability on a bipartisan basis. However, our work is not done."

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After working with Republicans to create police reform, Democrats have said that they intend to push forward more restrictions on the police.

New police legislation was signed Thursday, which in addition to banning chokeholds (except as deadly force), includes training to deal with Autistic people and help de-escalate situations. Though Democrats have said that the legislation is a “step forward,” many are unsatisfied with the current items checked off their list.

“I’m pleased we took a first step in the right direction on police reform and accountability on a bipartisan basis. However, our work is not done. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the POCI caucus and the public to shape meaningful legislation to dismantle racism and the systemic inequities that keep Minnesotans behind,” said Senator Franzen.

Democrats have repeatedly cited versions of the phrase “Every Minnesotan deserves to be and feel safe in their communities and across the state,” in their statements about the continued push for more changes.

Citing that phrase, along with his belief that MN’s justice department is unfair, Senator Ron Latz stated the Democrat’s group intent.

“Every Minnesotan deserves to be and feel safe in their communities and across the state. Senate DFLers will continue to advocate for legislation that accomplishes that.”