Leaders in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center are considering re-vamping the process used to declare a curfew as the city prepares for the start of the trial of one of its former police officers charged in the death of Daunte Wright.
The Brooklyn Center City Council discussed on Monday a resolution to create criteria to give the city manager the power to declare a curfew to allow residents to plan ahead.
“Staff and community was really challenged by our ability to, in a timely way, provide when a curfew would go into effect and allow people to make appropriate arrangements if they had known in advance of when it would happen,” City Manager Reggie Edwards told the council during Monday night’s meeting.
The incident led to unrest and prompted authorities to declare a curfew as protesters clashed with police.
The proposed resolution is time-limited to four days and requires a curfew on the day a verdict is announced. The city manager would have the option to extend it based on the proposed criteria.
Edwards added that the mayor could still declare a curfew and the criteria would not result in an automatic curfew. Some council members and Mayor Mike Elliott said they wanted more clarification before taking a vote.
“I’m not really sure the message we’re sending if we’re passing this before trial,” said Councilwoman Marquita Butler.
Fire Chief Todd Berg mentioned the need to coordinate with Metro Transit so residents could get home and go about their daily lives in the event of a curfew.
“We heard from the community that last-minute curfews were hard,” said Berg. “What we’re asking is the pre-advertising at 1 o’clock would be the important part of community involvement and getting the community aware and give them proper time to plan or prepare for a curfew that night.”
The council will revisit the proposal on Nov. 29, the day before Potter’s trial starts. The resolution requires unanimous approval for it to pass.