Minneapolis residents voted down a measure Tuesday night that would have replaced the police department with a new “Department of Public Safety. ”
Fifty-six percent of 139,351 voters opposed the proposal, which was the second of three referendum items on their ballots. The vote-yes camp was defeated by 12 percentage points, 56%-44% — a wide margin for what many thought would be a hotly-contested vote.
Voters rejected Question 2 despite an apparently well-funded campaign in support of the amendment launched by a group called Yes 4 Minneapolis.