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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Minneapolis City Council Seriously Weighs Disbanding the Police Department

‘The whole world is watching, and we can declare policing as we know it a thing of the past…’

(Claire Russel, Liberty Headlines) The Minneapolis City Council is seriously considering “disbanding” the city’s police department in light of George Floyd’s death, according to council member Steve Fletcher.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Fletcher said that he and other council members are “working on finding out what it would take to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.”

“The whole world is watching, and we can declare policing as we know it a thing of the past,” he added.

At least three other city council members echoed Fletcher’s concerns, including council members Alondra Cano and Lisa Bender:

Some in the council have been attempting to reduce the funding and power of the MPD for years, according to City Pages. But now that protesters have taken to Minneapolis’s streets, they believe there is a real chance that they could completely disband the MPD for good.

Not one member, however, has explained what exactly the “new model of public safety” would look like, or how it would protect Minneapolis’s citizens from crime.

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