Sarah McKenzie

Council committee votes to repeal spitting, lurking ordinances

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A City Council committee has voted unanimously to repeal the city’s spitting and lurking ordinances — low-level offenses people of color are disproportionally cited for in Minneapolis.

The full Council will vote on repealing the ordinances June 5.

Supporters of eliminating the ordinances say the laws allow police officers to act on racial biases and unfairly target people of color for criminal activity.

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