Minneapolis Pledges to Disband Police Department in Unprecedented Move

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The Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the city’s police department and replace it with a new system for public safety, following the death of George Floyd.

Speaking at a community rally on Sunday, a veto-proof majority of council members declared their intent to “dismantle” and “abolish” the embattled police agency seen as responsible for George Floyd’s death – and build an alternative model of community-led safety.

“In Minneapolis and in cities across the US, it is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” said Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis city council president, at the event.

“Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period. Our commitment is to do what’s necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth: that the Minneapolis police are not doing that. Our commitment is to end policing as we know it and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”

The news from Minnesota were greeted with enthusiasm by protesters in New York on Sunday evening. As soon as it was announced that the city council decided to disband the police department loud cheers were heard from the crowd that had gathered outside City Hall.

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46-year-old George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police when an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded for him to stop. Four officers now face criminal charges as a result of the incident.