Garofalo says arbitrators often feel pressure to please both sides involved in the process and maintain an unbiased track record, which can allow bias to influence decisions over facts. A judge, on the other hand, would be free to make an independent ruling.
Both Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey have recently called on the Legislature to change the arbitration process for police officers, according to the Journal. “If the legislature is serious about deep, structural police reforms, this is the most impactful change they could make,” Frey said in a recent statement.
Will Mayor Frey’s DFL-allies heed his advice?