Janet Kennedy

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It took more than three hours, but the Duluth City Council voted last night to table the Duluth Police Department's request to purchase over $83,000 worth of shielded helmets, body armor and crowd-control batons, among other items.

Proponents call it "personal protection equipment." Opponents call it "riot gear."

At a packed council chamber last night, members of the community alternately urged councilors to approve the purchase and table the request until more conversations could be held.

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

Organizer and activist Janet Kennedy weighs in on the challenges of finding a place to live in Duluth, the mayor's proposed sales tax increase to pay for street repair and what issues she finds most important.

We reached out to the campaign of  Barb Russ but they did not respond to our requests for interviews.