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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:25 AM

Walz signs $7.8 million police funding bill for Chauvin trial response

ST. PAUL The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 27, approved $7.8 million for Minnesota State Patrol and out-of-state law enforcement groups called in to police Minneapolis and St. Paul during the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer.

On a 52-15 vote in the Senate and 107-25 vote in the House, legislators approved the proposal that would put $6.3 million toward the Minnesota State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, while $1.5 million would be used to pay back Nebraska and Ohio law enforcement sent in to back up police groups here following the Hennepin County jury's verdict.

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday evening signed the bill into law, approving the funds to be sent out to the various law enforcement agencies.

Legislative leaders and the governor had started planning for the emergency funds months ago but disagreements in the Statehouse stalled out several proposals. Then last week, the Senate approved a $9 million plan before the final costs were hashed out.

Read more: https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/government-and-politics/7003077-Walz-signs-7.8-million-police-funding-bill-for-Chauvin-trial-response

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