What's On Today - Thursday

MPLS CITY COUNCIL ADVANCES POLICING PROPOSED PLAN

Friday, the Minneapolis City Council advanced its plan toward creating a new vision for law enforcement following the death of George Floyd.

Earlier this month, several council members said it was time to dismantle the entire police department.

Friday morning, the council’s first proposal was discussed and advanced.

The proposal will now be discussed by the Minneapolis Charter Commission at its July 8 meeting and the City Council’s Policy & Government Oversight Committee at its July [Read more]

FUNDS RELEASED TO BUILD FOR THE FUTURE

A total of $2.5 million in grants will be distributed to help the Twin Cities and small businesses rebuild, according to a news release Thursday.

Greater Twin Cities United Way, The Minneapolis Foundation and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation announced they’ll distribute the funds from the Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund.

According to the release, the grants will provide emergency support for small businesses owned by Black and Indigenous people and people of color in areas most [Read more]

HOUSE DEMS PASS POLICE OVERHAUL

The House approved a far-reaching police overhaul from Democrats Thursday, a vote heavy with emotion and symbolism as a divided Congress struggles to address the global outcry over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gathered with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the Capitol steps, challenging opponents not to allow the deaths to have been in vain or the outpouring of public support for changes to go unmatched. But the collapse of a Senate [Read more]

FORMER POLICE OFFICER WILL NOT GET JOB BACK

A now-former Minneapolis police officer who the department tried to fire twice over his long history of excessive force cases will now remain fired.

An arbitration ruling — which was decided in November of 2019, but only made public on Thursday — found that the Minneapolis Police Department was justified to fire Blayne Lehner for kicking an 18-year-old handcuffed man in the face, breaking his jaw and nose and knocking out two teeth in December 2013.

The department’s internal affairs investigation [Read more]

COVID-19 Claims 9 More People in MN

Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 365 new cases that have tested positive for COVID-19, pushing the total number of cases in the state to 34,123.

MDH reports there are 1,406 total deaths, with nine additional deaths reported Thursday. Of the entire total, 1,107 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities, MDH reported.

The department stated, as of Thursday, 542,696 tests have been completed.

According to MDH, 3,943 total [Read more]

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MN COVID Deaths By Race and Ethnicity

RaceNumber of CasesNumber of Deaths
White12,352992
Black7,047101
Asian2,44644
American Indian/ Alaska Native28921
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander831
Multiple races6777
Other4,30620
Unknown/missing5,720194
EthnicityNumber of CasesNumber of Deaths
Hispanic7,44743
Non-Hispanic19,2401,081
Unknown/missing6,233256