What’s next for MPD’s Third Precinct site, and other news

City Council member Robin Wonsley (2nd Ward) is “confused and disturbed” by the city’s opaque process to redevelop the former Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD’s) Third Precinct site, 3000 Minnehaha Ave., which people burned down during the 2020 uprising following George Floyd’s murder.

Community engagement work about the site’s future is slated to start soon, Wonsley wrote in a constituent update sent out Friday.

“Council Members, including myself, have been given minimal information about the process. Earlier this week, Council Vice President [Linea] Palmisano made public comments with very specific information about the Mayor’s plans for re-establishing a Third Precinct building for MPD, either at the old location or at a predetermined new location. I had no prior knowledge of the claims that Council Member Palmisano made and have not received any additional information about them since.”

Remodeling the old building would cost between $12 million and $18 million, while a new building would probably be two to three times more expensive, Palmisano told KSTP.

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MPD Consent Decree is late, Minneapolis revamp of police oversight is weak, a national look at non-fatal police shootings

Minneapolis leaders and Minnesota Department of Human Rights (DHR) apparently have hit a snag negotiating a Consent Decree in response to the DHR’s scathing report, released last April, identifying a pattern and practice of racial discrimination by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

Meanwhile, city officials have put forward a weak proposal to reform police oversight of MPD. Settlements are still coming in from people injured during the 2020 George Floyd uprising, and injured parties are forcing MPD reforms though lawsuits.

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