MINNEAPOLIS – Members of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday (06/08/2020) announced that they wanted to withdraw funds and strip down the city’s police department after the murder of George Floyd.
“We are committed to dismantling the police force as we know it in the City of Minneapolis and to rebuilding with our community a new model of public security that truly takes care of the security of our community,” Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.
Bender said, with the approval of nine of its members, the Minneapolis City council will have supermajority that cannot be vetoed by its 13 members.
She added that the promise of the city council was a recognition that the current system was not functioning.
“(We need to) listen, especially our black leaders, our colored community, for whom the police are not working and to really leave the solution in our community,” she said.
Asked about what the police department’s dissolution was like, Bender said that he wanted to divert police funds towards a community-based strategy. He also said that the city council would discuss how to replace the current police department.
“The idea of not having a police department is certainly not in the short term,” she added.
Bender and other board members analyzed the nature of 911 emergency calls by constituents and found most related to mental health services, health and medical emergencies, and fire services.
Calls by several people to reduce budgets or immediately abolish the police department have increased after Floyd’s death and national protests against police brutality.
Minneapolis city councilors previously said they would take steps to disperse the police department and replace it with a new transformative model of public safety.