Minneapolis police department to be disbanded
The Minneapolis police department will be disbanded, the city’s council has announced. In a veto-proof majority, the city’s councillors voted to dismantle the current police force and to replace it with a ‘’new model of public safety’’. This comes more than two weeks after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd sparked protests across the globe. The councillors read out a statement in the announcement, declaring that the ‘’existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe’’. The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, was recently booed out of a protest after he had declined to support the dissolution of the police force.
This comes after weeks of protests have changed the face of America, with renewed calls for change in the way policing is performed met with brutality from the police, with Donald Trump even sending in the National Guard and threatening the appearance of the military.
Discussions are ongoing as to what structure the “new model of public safety” will take. Campaigners are calling for a radical rethink of the role of the police within the community, with the slogan ‘Defund the Police’ present at almost all protests across the country. The only guarantee for policing in Minneapolis is that it’s new model will not come quickly, with deliberations expected to go on for months.