The Minneapolis City Council on Sunday voted to disband its police division and put money into community-based public security packages following calls from activists to ‘defund the police,’ within the wake of George Floyd’s dying by the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
City Council President Lisa Bender, together with a majority of council members that can’t be vetoed by Mayor Jacob Frey, introduced a plan to “finish our metropolis’s poisonous relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department.”
“We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police,” Bender declared.“In Minneapolis and in cities across the United States it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe.”
“Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period,” she added.
Bender mentioned that the council would begin a dialog with the group about what the brand new “community-led” public security program will entail.
The police division had already misplaced a lot of its assist from the group, with key companions together with Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation severing ties.
The transfer comes as protesters and activists at protests throughout the nation have been calling for his or her cities to “defund the police,” declaring reform too piecemeal to attain the specified outcomes.
Protests towards police violence and racism have erupted in cities throughout the nation within the final two weeks within the wake of George Floyd’s dying. Floyd was seen on video saying “I can’t breathe,” as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for practically 9 minutes.
President Trump has been a frequent and vocal opponent of defunding the police, tying Democrats, and specifically former Vice President Joe Biden, to the proposal, which has largely been espoused by left-wing activists. “Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats want to “DEFUND THE POLICE,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “I want great and well paid LAW ENFORCEMENT. I want LAW & ORDER!” Mayor Frey additionally mentioned he opposes the transfer.