September 30, 2020

REPORT: Minneapolis City Council Changing Its Mind on Defunding the Police

  • Flyover Country

By: Nate James

In Brief:

It seems the Minneapolis City Council is having some second thoughts about its move to defund the city’s police department.

The Background:

The Hill reports:

In the aftermath of the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, the Minneapolis City Council pledged to defund its police department in June as Black Lives Matter protests demanded the reallocation of law enforcement funding. 

Now, some city council members may want to walk back the decision. 

The New York Times reports that several council members said that while they supported the pledge to overhaul the Minneapolis Police Department, some of the language is subjective and perplexed Minneapolis communities. 

Council member Phillipe Cunningham reportedly said that the pledge itself was “up for interpretation,” and that following the pledge being made, the majority of council members “had interpreted that language differently.” 

Notable Quotes:

“I think our pledge created confusion in the community and in our wards.”

  • Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender

Nate James writes from Texas.

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