Minneapolis 12-member City Council voted 9-3 to disband the city's police department for a police free future under the community-led public safety initiative. The local authority said it would end the police department through a budgetary process within weeks or months. Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said after decades of efforts to transform the police department, it was evident that MPD was beyond reforms.
"We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department. We are also here because, here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States, it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety isn't working for so many of our neighbors," Bender said in a statement. "Our efforts at incremental reform have failed."
The local authority said disbanding the police department was the first step in the creation of a "new transformative model for cultivating safety." Despite its majority vote to end the police-led security model, the council admitted that it did not have all the answers on what a police free future looks like.
Many politicians poked holes into the police-free theory saying it was unworkable. Former Arizona governor Mike Huckabee said residents would be leaving the city in droves to areas where safety is guaranteed by the police.
"I wish I had the U-Haul franchise in Minneapolis because all the same people will be bugging out to a place not run by loons, and I could make a fortune renting one-way trucks!"
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said the move was dangerous, counterproductive, and irrational. He was shocked that the slogan had transformed into a policy in the liberal controlled jurisdictions.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey opposed the disbandment of the police department and received an earful after expressing his opinions to a crowd of angry protestors. However, the veto-proof majority means disbanding to MPD has become a reality, and residents will have to guarantee their own safety. Disbanding the police department will lead to more black people's deaths in the hands of criminals. The hypocritical council members appear to be okay with that.
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