A significant number of members of the Minneapolis city council are openly discussing a plan to disband their police department and replace it with "a transformative new model of public safety."
Council President Lisa Bender tweeted her preference to "dismantle" the department in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide protests and riots. Her sentiments were publicly echoed by several other council members.
Ward 3 council member Steve Fletcher shared his desire for a "non-violent" approach to public safety.
Council member Jeremiah Ellison, who is the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and earlier this week declared his support of Antifa, emphasized that the council would "dramatically rethink" the community's efforts to social order and emergencies.
Another council member, Alondra Cano, tweeted similar sentiments.
Council members indicated they would start serious discussions later this year or next. Mayor Jacob Frey has said that while he is in favor of "deep, structural reforms," he will not support the complete abolition of the department.
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