Members of the Minneapolis City Council say they are overruling Mayor Jacob Frey and will commit to dismantling their police department, meaning, get rid of it completely, TMZ reports.
According to the report obtained from TMZ, the stunning announcement by the Minneapolis City Council was made Sunday, with nine out of thirteen members coming out in support of the idea, which gives them a majority that cannot be vetoed by Mayor Frey.
But the Minneapolis council members admit it won’t be an immediate change but make no mistake, they say when the dust settles, Minneapolis will not have a traditional police department.
The alternative, according to the Minneapolis City Council, is community-based safety a term they have yet to fully explain.
The announcement comes the day after Mayor Frey was publicly shamed for refusing to, as he put it, “fully abolish” the police department.
That’s what he said when put on the spot by a rally organizer … and that response got him booed off the street, as he walked through a sea of middle fingers in his face.
This new development less than 2 weeks after George Floyd was killed is potentially monumental if Minneapolis actually does it and makes it work.
It could spark similar movements in cities around the country. Fact is, some protesters have been calling for, at the very least, a reduction in funding to police departments in many cities … including L.A. and NYC