MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Voters will not be deciding on whether or not to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department this year. The decision happened Wednesday night after members of the Charter Commission said they were concerned the decision was being rushed.
However, some city leaders are trying to continue the effort to make reforms to public safety.
Now, WCCO is learning about the early recommendations from a community-focused coalition on how to help the city of Minneapolis recover from the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd.
The Minneapolis Forward: Community Action Now Coalition released the first recommendations Thursday of what should be prioritized to address specific areas of action. The coalition identified eight areas earlier on that will be addressed but the first round of recommendations focuses particularly on four.
Those areas are business retention, prioritizing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and minority owned businesses, supporting entrepreneurs who invest in the community and supporting real estate owners and tenants whose properties were damaged.
There are several recommendations for each of those areas. For example, one is to provide customized financial support for impacted businesses. Other ideas include finding spaces for businesses who have displaced along Lake Street, and creating a standardized assessment tool to get feedback from businesses owners on their needs.
The coalition said some of the work was already underway. The group will continue to meet throughout the month to discuss recommendations for the remaining areas of action. For more information, click here.
Source: CBS Minnesota