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Ten months after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis residents are at war over police

Many officers are concerned about the continuing unrest, said Sgt. Sherral Schmidt, President of the Minneapolis Federation of Police Officers. Officers began to leave the department en masse after last summer’s uprising, she said, and morale only worsened. With limited staffing, agents found themselves jumping from call to call, with few opportunities to engage with the community, she said. Even members of the community engagement team have been reassigned to different jobs to help make up for the shortage of patrols, she said.

Officers are expected to work 12-hour shifts once the trial reaches oral argument, Sgt.Schmidt added.

“The most important thing for our cops right now is that they don’t feel any support,” she said. “So every day they come in and it’s like, ‘Oh, why are we going to be scrutinized for today?'”

Some longtime civil rights activists are very critical of the police, but also of how supporters of the defund movement have tried to bring about change. Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights lawyer, criticized the Defund movement as nothing more than “catchy slogans and slogans.” She said last summer she warned Jeremiah Ellison, a member of city council supporting the police department’s dismantling efforts, that it would only lead to chaos.

“You’re going to turn Minneapolis into a wild Wild West,” she recalls telling him.

But Mr Ellison said the rise in violence in the city began long before the money was redirected from the police, and he thanked council members for investing in alternatives to the police.

“To do what we did in 10 months,” he said, “as far as city government is concerned, it’s kind of going at the speed of light.”

Last June, nine council members, a veto-proof majority, stood on a stage in a park behind large capital letters that read “Defund Police” and pledged to dismantle the police department.

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Four in ten Republicans say the anger of the rioters on Capitol Hill was justified.

Two separate polls released this week found that a large majority of Americans favored pursuing rioters who passed the Capitol on Jan.6 and wanted action taken to prevent further extremist violence.

But it is a substantial minority on these issues – a subset of respondents, aligned with the Republican Party, who view the violence as justified and President Biden’s electoral victory as hopelessly fraudulent – that may be the most remarkable finding of these surveys, published by Monmouth. University Wednesday and Pew Research Center Thursday.

There is near consensus that the perpetrators of the January 6 violence should be held to account. About seven in 10 respondents to the Pew poll said it was “very important” that they be found and prosecuted, and the number saying it was at least “somewhat important” was closer to nine in 10.

But 54% of Republicans said too much attention was paid to Jan.6, according to the poll. And according to the Monmouth survey, two in five Republicans said they considered the anger that led to the violence to be at least partly justified.

Sixty-five percent of Republicans in that poll said Mr. Biden won the November election due to widespread fraud, and three in ten said they would never accept him as president.

When it comes to investigating the attack on Capitol Hill and prosecuting those responsible, there is a broad appetite for federal action. But the bipartisan consensus is crumbling over what a federal commission should investigate.

Monmouth found that more than three in four Republicans agreed with a large majority of Democrats that the Capitol Police’s failures to prepare for January 6 were worth investigating, suggesting common ground politically expedient. And 70% of Republicans said it would make sense for a commission to look at the growth of militant groups across the country (although the question notably does not specify the political persuasions of those groups).

But when it comes to the role of white nationalism – which many experts have called a motivator for rioters – 45% of Republicans said they were opposed to a commission examining its role in inciting violence.

In a separate question on the Monmouth poll, about six in ten Republicans said white nationalism was not a problem in the country.

The Pew poll found that Americans are now far more concerned about political violence in the country than violent extremism in the name of Islam.

But there was no consensus on where the threat came from: Respondents were as likely to say left-wing extremism was a worrying threat as they said. A slim majority rated each of them as a major problem, and another in three said it was a minor problem. Only about three in ten Republicans said right-wing extremism was a major problem, roughly the same proportion as Democrats who said it about left-wing extremists.

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Ten GOP senators outline a bipartisan relief bill in a letter to Biden.

Ten Republican senators wrote to President Biden on Sunday, outlining a framework for the coronavirus relief legislation and urging Mr. Biden to compromise. The letter came as Democrats prepared to bypass the need for Republican support in order to deliver a broad relief program.

The 10 Senators, led by Susan Collins of Maine, have proposed a framework that includes some of the provisions of Mr. Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion plan, but would restrict others. It would include $ 160 billion for vaccine distribution and development, Covid testing and production of personal protective equipment, as well as relief for schools, small businesses and “more targeted assistance” for individuals through to another round of direct payments and unemployment benefits.

“Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support,” the senators wrote.

The group, which also includes Mitt Romney of Utah, Michael Rounds of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, are expected to release additional details on their proposal on Monday.

To get a package through the regular legislative process, Mr Biden would need 60 votes in the Senate, and therefore the support of at least 10 Republicans.

Mr Biden and the Main Democrats have said they want Republicans’ support for a new relief bill. But with several Republicans already hesitant to pass a broad package, Democrats are preparing to pass a bill on their own using budget reconciliation, a more complicated legislative process but one that only requires a simple Senate majority.

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