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Minneapolis officers filing for disability at 'unprecedented' levels, attorney says

Matt McKinney and Liz Navratil, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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"There was concern or anticipation that there might be more coming and just a general concern about the cost to local governments, including Minneapolis, for this state law change that didn't include any financial support to cities who are bearing the cost of the requirement."

Council Member Linea Palmisano, chair of the council's budget committee, said these types of claims have been a "known issue," and the city has been working for two years to try to mitigate the effects of state law.

"This is difficult for cities like ours," Palmisano said. "It's also absolutely devastating for smaller cities."

Mayor Jacob Frey said that state law needs to reflect dedication to healing while cities need the resources to back it.

"In the meantime, I am committed to supporting those officers committed to carrying out their oath to serve and protect the people of Minneapolis during a challenging time for our city," he said.

 

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