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Curfew measure fails in Brooklyn Center on eve of Kimberly Potter trial

2021-11-29 21:42:59 –

On the eve of the trial of Kimberly Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer, the city council dismissed measures to enact an emergency stay-at-home order after the verdict.

Two councilors voted against the proposal on Monday night. This proposal required a unanimous vote. The other three voted for the bill.

Some people who spoke before the council have already decided how the inhabitants will react, even by enacting a curfew before the trial begins, and they are the worst. I asked if I would signal that I was expecting something.

The proposal called for a curfew for the entire city from 9:30 pm to 6 am on the day the verdict was read.

According to the ordinance, if the mayor decides that “public health, safety, welfare” needs to be protected, he should have been authorized to extend the curfew for another four days.

According to the city’s charter, Mayor Mike Elliott said he eventually voted against the bill because an urgent curfew should be imposed by elected officials. The curfew can be called by the mayor or unanimously voted by the council.

“I don’t think giving it to unelected city managers is in line with the city’s charter,” he said.

Councilor Marquita Butler said he believed that in the event of a protest, the council could assess the situation and make a curfew decision.

“I find it interesting in the ordinance we write that this is an emergency, so we declare it an emergency before it happens,” Butler said.

Councilor Dan Ryan said he supported the curfew in April after Dante Wright’s death because it was difficult for the mayor to access.

“I don’t think it’s completely successful in operation, so I don’t want to see it again … I think it’s a situation to avoid,” Ryan said.

Nearly 200 people who attended the virtual meeting supported the ordinance and said they didn’t want to see the looting that took place in April.

“Peaceful protests only occur if people convict them as they wish,” said Jackie Little Graham. “It’s too late to wait for an emergency or dispute.”

Potter was charged with one and two manslaughter charges for fatally shooting and killing Wright, a 20-year-old black man, while transportation was stopped on April 11. I shot the light.

Staff reporter Kim Hyatt contributed to this report.

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