This week’s West St. Paul City Council meeting included informational updates on next week’s election, homeless outreach, a coming Thompson Avenue turnback, and the art park. There was also business as usual with failed alcohol and tobacco checks and public hearings for citations, assessments, and street improvements.
We ask the candidates about policing: Police departments are facing increased scrutiny in the aftermath of the George Floyd case. The West St. Paul City Council is already reviewing the Use of Force policy. What needs to change here in West St. Paul?
The first in-person West St. Paul City Council meeting in three months included discussion of policing and proposed apartments at the former K-mart site.
Issues and questions about policing in West St. Paul from the recent Public Safety Committee, including use of force, banned holds, hiring, and more.
Widespread protest and looting is hitting the Twin Cities in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. A number of retail stores on Robert Street in West St. Paul have closed, and some have been hit by looters.
This week’s virtual West St. Paul City Council meeting was punctuated by moments of silence amid some good news of proclamations and recognitions as well as the not-so-usual business of COVID-19 response.