Minneapolis police chief takes on union, promises reform

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STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department will withdraw from police union contract negotiations, Chief Medaria Arradondo said Wednesday, as he announced initial steps in what he said would be transformational reforms to the agency in the wake of George Floyd's death. Faced with calls from activists and a majority of City Council members to dismantle or defund the department, Arradondo also said he would use a new system to identify problem officers and intervene if there are early warning signs of trouble. "We will have a police department that our communities view as legitimate, trusting and working with their best interests at heart," he told reporters during a news conference more than two weeks after Floyd died after a
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