Whereas, on April 11, 2021, in the aftermath of the death of an African American man that occurred during a traffic stop initiated by Brooklyn Center law enforcement in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, rioting and demonstrations broke out in Brooklyn Center and in the City of Minneapolis, resulting in civil disturbance which has put residents, business owners, visitors, and public safety personnel, at risk of significant injury or death, as well as the potential for further damage to public and private property and area businesses and the chance for further civil unrest or disturbance to a degree requiring extraordinary measures be taken to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; and
Whereas, it is my obligation as Mayor of the City of Minneapolis to restore and keep order within the City of Minneapolis to mitigate against and avoid risks to further damage to life and property, to reduce disruption to essential public services, to assure continued local governmental operations, to protect the general health and safety of the community, and to organize and direct an orderly recovery and restoration of peace;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jacob Frey, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby declare a Local Emergency pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Ch. 12.29, and Minneapolis Code of Ordinances (MCO), Section 128.50.
I further declare that:
- The emergency exists on the date of this declaration as indicated below and shall continue and remain in effect pending initial ratification by official act of the Minneapolis City Council within seventy-two (72) hours of this declaration. Pursuant to MCO Section 128.S0(a), the City Council retains the ability to disapprove of the declaration at any time.
- Such declaration provides the authority to immediately issue emergency regulations pursuant to MCO Section 128.50 to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
- The Director of Emergency Management for the City of Minneapolis shall immediately request and coordinate the appropriate aid and resources from surrounding city and county jurisdictions, the State of Minnesota, and the United States Federal Government.
- The emergency executive authority section of the Minneapolis Emergency Operations Plan, and all other applicable sections of the Plan, is immediately invoked.
- Emergency regulations promulgated by mayoral proclamation to protect the public health, safety, and welfare during this emergency are subject to rescission by the City Council at any time. If not sooner rescinded, every such regulation shall expire at the end of thirty (30) days after its effective date or at the end of the declared emergency, whichever occurs first.
This declaration of local emergency, the associated curfew regulation, and any further emergency regulations of any kind, as well as any additions or changes to this declaration, and the eventual termination of this declaration, and all official communications pertaining to same, shall be posted by the City Clerk on the City's website for public notice and access.
April 12, 2021