The Minneapolis City Council voted to abolish the city’s police force- and nobody voted against the radical move.
The 12-0 vote comes after the May killing of George Floyd, who died after being pinned down by MPD Officer Derek Chauvin for an extended period of time, with the officer placing his knee upon Floyd’s neck.
Since that incident -and the subsequent release of video filmed by a bystander- cities across America have burned, rioters and looting have pillaged businesses, and peaceful protests were carried out.
Now, it seems, the call to abolish and defund police forces -a rallying cry within the Black Lives Matter movement that is headed by self-described “trained Marxists”- has come full-circle.
The vote will require a change of city charter, according to the New York Post, and MPD will likely be replaced by the “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention,” which seeks to keep the peace via a “holistic, public health-oriented approach.”
“It is time to make structural change,” council member Steve Fletcher told the Associated Press before the vote. “It is time to start from scratch and reinvent what public safety looks like.”
The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, does not support the proposal and has power to veto it.
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