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Minneapolis City Council moved to pass a decision replacing the Minneapolis Police Department with a more publicly accountable model focused on community safety.
The resolution passed unanimously just a few weeks after George Floyd, a Minneapolis resident, was murdered by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. Since Floyd’s murder, protests and riots have erupted in Minneapolis and around the world calling for accountability in police departments as well as support for defunding the police.
The city council previously signaled its intent to disband the police department, but faced hesitation from Mayor Jacob Frey. The 12 member council, however, created a vote-proof majority that required nothing of Mayor Frey.
In the resolution, city council members declared “the intent to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in our city.”
“The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police officers is a tragedy that shows that no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color,” said five of the city council members in the proposal.
The city council also voted to reconvene with a list of preliminary execution suggestions for the resolution by July 24, 2020 as well as to eliminate the emergency stay at home order that was declared because of the civil unrest.
by Jordan Davidson