Minneapolis City Council debates temporary halt to certain traffic stops

Minneapolis City Council members are considering whether to ask police to temporarily halt certain traffic stops in response to activists’ concerns that they overwhelmingly target minorities, with little to show for it.

But police leaders, who say such enforcement is integral to removing drugs and guns from the streets, pushed back at the idea on Wednesday, arguing against a decision until more research was done.

Council Member Steve Fletcher said that he saw a proposed moratorium on stops for equipment violations, like a broken taillight or headlight, as a way to ease the racial disparities in rates of traffic stops, but that “we’re not ready to do that today — we need to do a deeper dive.”