Minneapolis City Council members want to abolish the police

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Several members of the Minneapolis City Council want to disband their city's police force and are investigating how this goal might be realized.

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“Several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD,” says Steve Fletcher, a member of the 13-person assembly that serves as the legislative branch of Minneapolis government. The decision to abolish the police force comes after George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, May 26. Floyd's death triggered a wave of destructive riots throughout the city.

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Many rioters have also said they would like to see the police department dissolved.


Fletcher suggests that if the Council is successful in abolishing the police, a new unarmed “public safety” group will take its place. He says the council wants to “totally reimagine what public safety means… “We can invest in cultural competency and mental health training,” he adds.