Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Milwaukee Common Council rejects $10 million grant for 30 more police officers, could reconsider

From JSOnline:

Alison Dirr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday morning rejected a nearly $10 million, three-year grant for 30 new police officers, following months of grappling over financial and philosophical considerations.

But it's not over. Long after the 9-6 vote to reject the measure, Ald. Nikiya Dodd made a motion to reconsider, meaning the measure will come before the council again in January. Dodd was among those who voted to reject the grant.

The federal grant became a proxy for the larger debate about policing in Milwaukee, which was roiled by protests this summer after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In years past, such a grant would have been accepted unanimously with little debate.

"The only reason that we're having this discussion about a grant that we have received numerous times before with unanimous support is because the time period that we are in is requiring us to demand more and to request more from those that have the responsibility of enforcing the law in our communities," said Ald. Ashanti Hamilton. 

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