Body cameras for cops, housing fund make budget cut in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 11:26 AM

City Council altered Rybak’s budget, adding body cameras and trimming Global Market funds.

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aceseightsDec. 4, 1310:44 PM

Paying for police misconduct?? The city council (including the new mayor who was on the city council) VOTED to pay all of the payouts and here’s the kicker, there was NO proven misconduct by the officers. The last and largest payout where a young man died, the incident WAS video recorded by one of the officer’s personal video recorder. The officers involved were found to have done nothing wrong and followed all the laws, rules, and regulations………That’s right NO WRONG DOING what so ever….and the CITY COUNCIL and the new mayor still voted to settle that lawsuit. So what’s the point of cameras if the politicians won’t stand behind the outstanding men and women of the best police force in the state. And please don’t say that it is cheaper to settle then to fight for what’s right. When you are right you should fight no matter the cost. When you settle and pay and then bellyache about it paying it undermines the publics confidence and shows you hate the police so much you would rather pay than stand behind them even though the cops were right.

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jaynedrakeDec. 4, 1310:45 PM

I really get mad about the City not spending more money on police. Some Democrats just won't work on stopping violent crime. Betsy Hodges is one, Mayor Rybak is another, and Lisa Goodman is also. Then, there is the police chief, just like the previous one, that doesn't appear to know how to fight violent crime, but is just a pawn for the City of Minneapolis. Also, you would think that needy people are dropping from trees all over Minneapolis. Actually, Minneapolis is the welcome mat for people all over the country to come and collect from our citizens.

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coolnoutDec. 5, 13 4:14 AM

Bring a sense of civility back to the police force and put cameras on them. Paying out substantial amounts of money because of a lack of oversight and the ability to collect collaborating information good or bad will help everyone in the future. This is a non partisan issue unless your mentally challenged.

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lakimDec. 5, 13 7:23 AM

@ aceseights, The cops in the Rodney King trial were acquitted too. I rest my case.

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overnunderDec. 5, 13 8:04 AM

It's hard to trust Betsy Hodges. She publicly implied that the police chief was totally supportive of the new body cameras (during a press conference while the police chief was out of town). Why she couldn't have been honest about it is beyond me. But it shows that the new mayor cannot be trusted to tell the truth and is only interested in furthering her own agenda.

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EleanoreDec. 5, 13 8:45 AM

Putting cameras on police, should they record in private, non-public spaces, is certain to open the city up for even more payouts in civil contests. Cameras without constitutional standards are money makers lawyers.

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