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Police Chief: 'Nothing More Debilitating' Than Unions Interfering With Firing Bad Officers

Minneapolis Police Chief pulling out of union negotiations

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said June 10 the department will withdraw from contract negotiations with the local police union, the Police Officers' Federation of Minneapolis. This is one of the department reforms he is promising.

“I believe I speak for my chief peers here in the state of Minnesota as well as across our country, that there is nothing more debilitating to achieve from an employment matter perspective than when you have grounds to terminate an officer for misconduct and you are dealing with a third-party mechanism that allows for that employee to not only be back on your department but to be patrolling in your communities,” Arradondo said.

George Floyd was killed May 25 while under custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.