Minneapolis City Council members to vote to disband police dept.


A veto proof majority of the mean Minneapolis city council says it supports the disbanding of the city's police department in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd nine of the council's twelve members appeared with activist at a rally in the city park yesterday afternoon council president Lisa Bender said she and the other council members are committed to ending policing as we know it do what's necessary to keep every single member of our community safe tell the truth the Minneapolis police are not doing that our city's relationship with the Minneapolis police department it is a policing as we know it community activists have criticized the Minneapolis department for years for what they say is a racist and brutal culture that resist change councilmember Jeremiah Allison son of Attorney General Keith Ellison said the council will launch a year long process of community engagement to figure out new ways to keep the community safe we did a study last year of nine one one calls and we realize that out that one of the top calls the police make our for our what we call emotionally disturbed persons or mental health calls do we need to use a for someone with the use of force background to answer that call do we need a gun present a call like that do we need a gun president Atta and a call for forged twenty dollar bill I think that I think that the engine that is now and we've got it but we've never as a country leaned into figuring out how do we address issues like this without force and and I think that my my colleagues and I are committed to figuring that out the state of Minnesota launched a civil rights investigation of that apartment last week and the first concrete changes came on Friday when the city agreed to ban chokeholds and neck restraints

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