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  • Minneapolis City Council Members Want To Abolish The Police

    "Several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD," says Minneapolis City Councilmember Fletcher.

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

    “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. 

    It became clear by day two that people were marching for much more than that – the response to George Floyd’s death needed to be much more than any prosecution could offer. What people in the streets have won is a permanent, generational change to the mainstream view of policing.

    Steve Fletcher - Minneapolis Ward 3@MplsWard3 

    I don’t know yet, though several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.

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

    A rioter paints “ABOLISH THE POLICE” on a boarded up building in Minneapolis.

    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.

    He also blames the president of the Minneapolis Police Union, Bob Kroll, and law enforcement more broadly for the recent nights of violence.

    Replying to @MplsWard3

    I don’t want to focus too much on Bob Kroll because he’s a symptom of a much deeper problem in the Minneapolis Police Department, but it’s worth saying that he’s a malignant presence in our city and should resign.

    Steve Fletcher - Minneapolis Ward 3@MplsWard3

    After watching MPD officers escalate and provoke anger all week, he asserts that if they’d only been allowed to use more violence, they could have put a stop to demonstrations. This is nonsense. MPD officers chose him as their leader.

    This is not the first time a member of the Minneapolis city council has spoken out as Minnesota’s biggest city burns.

    Minnesota Attorney General Kieth Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison declared his allegiance to ANTIFA, May 31, after President Donald Trump announced that the far left group will be designated as a terror organization.

    Jeremiah Ellison@jeremiah4north

    I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA

    Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US!

    Donald J. Trump

    ✔@realDonaldTrump

    The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization. 

    The Council is generally understood to have a strong leftward bent. Two of its members, Phillipe Cunningham and Andrea Jenkins are transgender.

    Rioting in Minneapolis has claimed claimed the lives of at least two individuals and destroyed over 300 businesses, per the Star Tribune.

     

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