The Minneapolis City Council voted to disband its embattled police department to invest in community-based public safety programs in response to calls from activists to ‘defund the police,’ according to City Council President Lisa Bender.
The unprecedented move approved by majority vote cannot be vetoed by Mayor Jacob Frey who opposed the decision in favor of incremental reform. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has, for the first time, called for cutting the NYPD budget to reallocate funding to other services.
The anti-police sentiment has been fed by global protests against the brutality captured on video where a Minneapolis police officer is seen kneeling on the neck of black suspect George Floyd until he passes out and dies. While a toxicology report shows Floyd had high doses of fentanyl and meth in his blood, which may ultimately save the police officer, Derek Chauvin, from a manslaughter charge, the viral video was used as pretext for a wave of protests, riots and looting in major cities across America, where police were unilaterally told to stand down.
Chauvin, who has been jailed since his arrest on May 29, 2020, is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled for his first court appearance today.
Bender announced a plan to “end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department” and that the council would start a conversation with the community about what the new “community-led” public safety program will entail, according to Forbes.
Pressed for details on what the dismantling might look like, Bender told CNN that police funding would be shifted to other needs, and that the city council would discuss how to replace the current police department, according to Fox59 News.
The Minneapolis City Council vote came the same day as the St. Louis arrest of the alleged killer of retired police captain David Dorn killed in the looting of his friend’s pawnshop.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Elllison posted a photo of himself holding up a book about ANTIFA, while his son, Jeremiah, a City Councilman, has professed his support for the organization, which is believed to be George Soros front, in the same way his PAC was used to support the rioting in Baltimore in 2015.
AG Barr has begun tightening the noose on ANTIFA, tracing the financial flows to the organization and rounding up its leadership for arrest.
Most agitators came from outside the community, indicating a national level of coordination, investigators said.
“Such senseless acts of anarchy are not exercises of First Amendment rights; they are crimes designed to terrify fellow citizens and intimidate communities,” Barr said.