The Milwaukee Common Council has voted to accept a nearly $10 million federal grant, more than a month after initially rejecting it.
The Common Council voted 9-6 on Tuesday to accept the federal $9.7 million COPS grant, which would fund 30 police officer positions for three years.
.@MKE_CC votes to accept the nearly $10 million federal COPS grant via a substitute resolution that has MPD agreeing to step up service/performance efforts in several key areas— MKE Common Council (@MKE_CC) January 19, 2021
The council had initially rejected the grant back in December, citing various issues including police reform.
The vote came after 60 police positions were eliminated in the 2020 budget and 120 removed in the 2021 budget.
The COPS grant had been passed in previous years but became controversial in concerns over police brutality facing the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.
On Tuesday, the council voted to accept the grant through a "substitute resolution" that has the Milwaukee Police Department "agreeing to step up service/performance efforts in several key areas."
Alderwoman Chantia Lewis voted in favor of the grant but said there needs to be compromise and a plan for the department and city going forward.
"We are caught in-between a rock and a hard place and we need to figure out what's best for the community as a whole," said Lewis.
Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic stuck with her decision to reject the grant for a second time, citing she would rather address other ways to improve policing in Milwaukee.
"It feels as though if we take this, we are reinforcing a system that is already broken," said Dimitrijevic.