City Council In Minneapolis Moves To Launch New Unarmed Traffic Safety Division Following The Death Of Daunte Wright

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Following the death of Daunte Wright, Minneapolis City Council has unanimously voted to launch a new Traffic Safety Division, according to Fox News.

Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham said, “We urgently need traffic safety in our community.”

“We also need for increasing traffic safety to not come at a great cost of harm to our neighbors in the process.”

“This issue is very complex, but it is surmountable.”

I am thrilled to share that we have officially launched work to create a new Traffic Safety Division at the City of…

Posted by Phillipe Cunningham – Ward 4 Minneapolis City Council Member on Friday, April 16, 2021

From Fox News:

Police have described the shooting of Wright as “an accidental discharge” that happened as officers were trying to arrest Wright on an outstanding warrant after stopping his car for having expired registration tags.

Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham outlined a staff directive regarding the proposed development in a document obtained by the station and posted on his social media account.

The document listed four goals of the new traffic enforcement division: Maximizing the traffic safety benefits of traffic enforcement, eliminating racial disparities in traffic enforcement, educating the public on safe driving behaviors and traffic laws, and earning the trust of communities harmed by earlier practices.

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Staff from the Office of Performance and Innovation have to report back to the Public Health and Safety Committee with a project timeline for the new division by the end of the second quarter this year, according to the document.

The City Council also voted 11-1 in opposition of using tear gas and other munitions as part of the state’s response to civil disorder, the station reported.