POINT:  At a mayoral candidate forum and in an op-ed in the Star Tribune, Rep. Ray Dehn called for disarming Minneapolis police. He said that officers don’t need to carry a gun on their person all the time and added that we can combat crime and improve safety by reinvesting resources in housing, education and health care.

 A Star Tribune reader responded to Dehn’s op-ed in a letter to the editor:

If mayoral candidate Dehn has the answers, I have the questions.

Reading the Aug. 1 commentary by state Rep. Raymond Dehn, a candidate for Minneapolis mayor (“My approach to policing and public safety issues”), I have one concern. He states that the best deterrent to crime is providing people with affordable housing, healthy food, clean air and water, accessible education, and quality health care. Whatever happened to “get a job”?


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