Rep. Ilhan Omar fired verbal shots at a state judge who struck down a ballot initiative aimed at defunding the Minneapolis Police Department, saying the ruling now deprives the city of the “flexibility” in needs to adequately protect residents.
“The court finds that the current ballot language is vague, ambiguous and incapable of implementation, and is insufficient to identify the amendment clearly,” Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson wrote in his ruling on the measure. “It is unreasonable and misleading.”
The initiative seeks to replace the police department with a “public safety” agency that may or may not include trained police officers, according to reports, leaving city officials and Mayor Jacob Frey feverishly searching for a solution or workaround ahead of the November ballot.
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