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It’s Official, Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes to dismantle police. Taking a holistic approach

Minneapolis City Council members voted unanimously to amend the city’s charter Friday to remove the mandate for a police department— the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of George Floyd‘s death.

The amendment proposes the city replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach,” a draft of the amendment said.

The proposal adds that the director of the new agency would have “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.” It also suggests setting up a division of licensed peace officers, who would answer to the department’s director.

Although the amendment received a 12-0 vote from council members, it faces an uphill battle as it makes its way past a policy committee and to the city’s Charter Commission for a formal review, at which point citizens and city officials can also weigh in.

If successful, the amendment will be put on the November ballot for a vote in the general election.

In this June 1, 2020 file photo, an emotional Terrence Floyd, second from right, is comforted as he sits at the spot at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn., where his brother George Floyd, encountered police and died while in their custody. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews File)

In this June 1, 2020 file photo, an emotional Terrence Floyd, second from right, is comforted as he sits at the spot at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn., where his brother George Floyd, encountered police and died while in their custody.

The pressure to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department mounted after the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody on May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes.

However, the city’s mayor, Jacob Frey, has resisted collapsing the department entirely, saying that the proposal to do so shows a “significant lack of clarity.”

“If I’m seeing a lack of clarity, so are our constituents,” said Frey, who is a Democrat and who has said he supports deep structural change in the existing department.

Barry Clegg, chairman of the Charter Commission, has said the process to implement change so quickly after Floyd’s death may not be the best step forward.

“As I understand it, they are saying, ‘We are going to have this new department. We don’t know what it’s going to look like yet. We won’t implement this for a year, we’ll figure it out,’” Clegg said. “For myself anyway, I would prefer that we figured it out first, and then voted on it.”

Source: Minneapolis City Council unanimously votes on plan to dismantle police department in wake of anti-brutality protests

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2 Comments

  1. Michael Doss

    June 26, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    I think this is clearly just a step towards a socalist regime. The Nazi’s follwed the same path destroying allegiances to the flag, religion and History. Removing the police opens the door to Socalist control and Sharia law that the Muslims support. When replacing police the next will be the suspension of all constitution right. Specifically the confiscation of all guns, end of Christianity and the US as a nation.

  2. JamesRock

    June 27, 2020 at 6:32 am

    If you like pass it into law hastily, your country will soon be like Afghanistan. Overrun by terrorists. You are probably going back to the Barbaric laws.
    I pity America in less than 20years to come with this politicians you will live to regret.

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