(PatriotHeadline.com)- A majority of Minneapolis City Council members announced a “new model of public safety” is set to be created in the city that has been accused of racism and police brutality.
The City Council, in the process, has pledged to “dismantle the local police department,” following in the footsteps of measures announced by the mayor Los Angeles who plans to cut millions of dollars in funding from the LAPD.
This all comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, for our whom have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the murder of the man. Derek Chauvin, the main culprit in the incident, has been charged with second-degree murder. The other three offices at the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Nine of the 13 members of City Council voted to complete restructure policing in the city, with Mayor Jacob Frey being one who opposed doing so. What’s likely to come following this decision by City Council is a long, drawn-out process over what to do with a police department that has caused so much pain and has been the catalyst for recent upheaval across the country.
On Sunday, the nine council members who voted for overhauling the police department read a statement to protestors. In it, Lisa Bender, the City Council president, said:
“We are here because here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States, it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period.”
Councillor Alondra Cano tweeted a “veto-proof majority” agreed the police department in Minneapolis was “not reformable and that we’re going to end the current policing system.”
Bender said the Council still needs to discuss exactly what changes will be made to the police department, but that she would seek to shift funding that used to go to the PD over to community-based strategies.
This all comes after Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced last week that a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department would begin soon. The governor said he wanted to root out “systemic racism that is generations deep.”
While activist groups are happy with these announcements, they are naturally disappointed that it took another death like Floyd’s to get to this point. As the director of Minnesota campaign group Black Vision, Kandace Montgomery, said:
“It shouldn’t have taken so much death to get us here. We’re safer without armed, unaccountable patrols supported by the state hunting black people.”
“Defund the police” has been a rallying cry of many protestors over the last two weeks. So far, Los Angeles and Minneapolis have taken up that plight, as has New York City. All three cities have said they would take money from their police departments and use it to fund more social services targeted to communities of color.
In Minneapolis, though, it won’t be such a straight line to the end, though, especially as the mayor has voiced his opposition.