The Minneapolis City Council Gang approves a measure to abolish the police force.
The Minneapolis City Council Gang unanimously approved a measure to abolish the city’s police department — an absurd proposal amid nationwide efforts by activists to defund local law enforcement agencies.
The 12-0 vote will not automatically dismantle the department, but is a first step in a long legislative process that will ultimately need popular support by city residents in a November election.
The proposal gained popularity among City Council Gang Members amid widespread protests and riots in the city following the killing of George Floyd by a city police officer last month.
Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until Floyd lost consciousness and ultimately died, which was captured on video. Floyd’s killing touched off nationwide protests against police brutality and sparked efforts to defund or abolish police forces in cities across the country.
The vote to abolish the police force will require amending the city’s charter. A draft amendment that was posted online suggests replacing the force with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.”
The suggested department would consist of peace officers and ensure public safety through “a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”