Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes to get rid of police department

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 13th, 2020 10:36 am

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously voted to get rid of its police department and replace it with a "community-led public safety system" amid ongoing pressure from civil rights activist and far-left Democrats to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd's death.

"The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police officers is a tragedy that shows that no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color," the council members' resolution reads.

The vote comes days after a veto-proof majority of the council voted to dismantle the city's police department.

"We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we're done, we're not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It's really past due," Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison said.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was booed last weekend after showing up at an anti-police protest, is not in favor of disbanding the police, although he does support "massive structural reform to revise a structurally racist system."

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