Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano said she will resign from her position as public safety chair if voters and her colleagues approve a proposal to give more power over the police department to the council.
Cano said she was taken by surprise when, while she was out of the country, she learned her fellow council members broached a charter amendment that would give the City Council and mayor equal authority over the Police Department. Cano said if the amendment passes, she would not be able to balance her constituent duties with the added burdens of police oversight.
“At that point, I won’t be able to chair the committee,” she said in an interview this week. “My ward has so many different needs that I would not be able to oversee the Police Department.”