The city of Brooklyn Center has approved a sweeping public safety resolution that will dramatically change policing practices a month after former Police Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright.
Elected officials in the Minneapolis suburb voted four to one on May 15, passing the resolution named after Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, whom Brooklyn Center Police shot and killed in August 2019 after responding to a mental health distress call.
“Given the tragic incidents that occurred here, including those taking the lives of Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, we must respond with a commitment to do better, and today’s vote is part of that response,” Mayor Mike Elliot, who introduced the package last week, said.
The reform will create a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Protection to oversee public safety and existing police and fire departments. The department will be led by a director with public health expertise.
The reform will also create new divisions of unarmed civilians to handle all non-moving traffic violations and respond to mental health distress calls.
The reform will also prohibit arrests for low-level offenses and will “more appropriately” regulate the use of force by armed officers, including requiring de-escalation efforts.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLUMN) praised the reform as “the most comprehensive package of transformational measures in the country.”
“These are the types of policies that would have saved the lives of Daunte Wright and countless other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) people. ACLUMN commends Mayor Elliott and the City Council for their bold leadership and strongly encourages other lawmakers to follow suit,” ACLUMN stated on Twitter.