The chairman of the Minneapolis Charter Commission had his home vandalized and egged Friday night by anti-police perpetrators.
The Minneapolis Charter Commission recently voted 10-5 to stall a City Council amendment that would have cleared the way for abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).
As it stands, the City Council cannot achieve its stated goal of defunding the MPD because the city’s charter mandates that it fund the department relative to the population size of the city.
The amendment in question would change the language in Minneapolis’s charter such that the City Council would no longer have to maintain a police department. A “department of community safety and violence prevention” would be installed in its place.
The Charter Commission voted to take an additional 90 days to review the proposal, meaning it won’t be eligible to appear on the November ballot as the council had hoped.
Barry Clegg, who chairs that commission, told Alpha News that his home was vandalized with anti-police graffiti and egged sometime Friday night.
Messages such as “f– the Charter Commission,” “f– MPD,” “86 MPD,” “hypocrite,” and “BLM” were spray-painted on the sidewalks and driveway outside Clegg’s home.
“Our house was egged and our front sidewalk graffitied sometime Friday night,” Clegg told Alpha News. “Ironic that the perpetrator apparently believes we don’t need a police department. We filed a police report and a 311 graffiti report. Today we are installing an extra security camera.”
In a previous conversation, Clegg defended the Charter Commission’s decision to delay the proposal.
“The [Minneapolis City Council] is upset, but we knew they would be,” he said. “We are appointed so that we are not influenced by council politics. I think we are just doing our job.”