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Wed Jun 30, 2021, 02:13 PM

Minnesota lawmakers pass modest police accountability bill

Source: AP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate approved a modest set of police accountability measures early Wednesday that's part of a broader public safety budget bill, as the state's divided Legislature put itself on pace to avert a partial state government shutdown.

The Senate's 45-21 vote followed a 75-59 vote in the Minnesota House on Tuesday night, and it came on the heels of last week's sentencing of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin to 22 1/2 years for murder in the death of George Floyd. The bill attracted Republican support in both chambers, while some Democrats who said it didn't go far enough voted no. It now goes to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz for his signature.

The bill contains limits on no-knock warrants and on the use of informants. It was amended on the floor to allow “sign-and-release” warrants so that police aren't required to arrest low-level offenders just because they had missed a court appearance. But Democrats who control the House dropped their push for a ban on “pretextual” traffic stops for minor offenses such as expired license tabs.

The approval follows on a police accountability package passed last summer that included a statewide ban on the use of chokeholds.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/minnesota-lawmakers-pass-modest-police-accountability-bill/ar-AALCEBc?ocid=NL_ENUS_D1_20210630_6_2

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