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Police resolution goes to Human Rights Commission

The city of Red Wing’s Human Rights Commission was tasked Monday with discussing a resolution supporting law enforcement, and council members encouraged public dialogue on the topic.

Following public comment and a discussion on their options after voting at their last meeting to reconsider the original resolution, Red Wing City Council members voted 4-2 Monday to rescind the resolution and to send the issue to the Human Rights Commission for a recommendation.

“This topic needs a lot more public dialogue” than just the council discussion, Council member Ralph Rauterkus said.

The issue garnered widespread attention after the original resolution, which included a provision backing the National Fraternal Order of Police’s efforts to expand the federal hate crimes law to protect police, was approved Sept. 28.

Council members emphasized Monday that they support law enforcement, but said that portion needs more discussion.

Council members Peggy Rehder and Dustin Schulenberg voted no on the motion; Council member Jason Sebion was absent.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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