BREAKING: Minneapolis Unanimously Approves Abolishing Police Force
On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 to approve a measure to abolish the city’s police department.
The unanimous vote will not automatically dismantle the police department, but it is the first step in a much longer legislative process, according to the New York Post.
The idea of dismantling police departments gained recognition among city council members amid city-wide, and eventually nationwide, riots after George Floyd was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin last month.
The Post continues that the vote to abolish the police force will require amending Minneapolis’s charter, and that a draft amendment suggests replacing the police force with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” This department would consist of peace officers and use a “holistic, public health-oriented approach” to ensure public safety.
The proposal will have to first pass through a committee, be reviewed by Minneapolis’s Charter Commission, and finally approved again by the entire city council by August 21st. However, Mayor Jacob Frey, a radical Leftist in his own right, still is against the idea of abolishing the police and can veto the measure.