June 8, 2020

Minneapolis to Defund Police Dept.

  • Flyover Country

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

As George Floyd’s death continues to spark national outrage, riots, violence, and looting, the Minneapolis City Council has decided to defund its police force.

The Background:

CNN reports:

Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city's police department following the police killing of George Floyd.

"We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe," Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.

Pressed for details on what the dismantling might look like, Bender told CNN she was looking to shift police funding toward community-based strategies and that the city council would discuss how to replace the current police department.

Notable Quotes:

"The idea of having no police department is certainly not in the short term.”

- Minneapolis Council President Lisa Bender

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.




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