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This week on Minneapolis 911, we talk with Cole Yates - campaign manager for the Campaign to Insure the Police. According to Yates, the campaign is trying to encourage police to carry their own liability insurance just like yoga instructors, plumbers and roofers. The goal of the campaign is to reduce police brutality through the democratic process.
According to Yates, the city budgets $2.5 to 3 million per year for police brutality. So the Campaign to Insure the Police has proposed an amendment to use that money to pay for the base rate of police liability insurance. Within the amendment, a regular police officer wouldn't see any out of pocket expenses. If a police officer is found guilty of committing brutality they are going to see an increase in premiums and they would have to pay the difference for the insurance.
Over the past six years, The Campaign to Insure the Police collected over 15,000 signatures from people who want to see the issue of police liability insurance put on the ballot. The problem is, city council kept this issue off the ballot even though the signatures were collected on the citizen petition.
According to Cole Yates, Jabob Frey came out during the city council meeting on the topic to say that the issue was too complex for voters to decide. So, the amendment was not put on the ballot even though it is city council's duty to do this very thing. So, according the Yates, because the city broke the law the Campaign to Insure the Police is suing to get the amendment on the ballot.
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