Majority of Minneapolis City Council Support Defunding & Dismantling Police Department

June 8, 2020

Nine of the 12 members of the Minneapolis City Council announced they supported defunding and dismantling the current the police department, according to local KMSP News. At a rally Sunday, the group talked about dismantling the current department in favor of  a “new transformative model." To do so, the council will probably need a public vote to change the city's charter. “It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” said Council President Lisa Bender. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.” She said she and the other eight members present wanted to “end policing as we know it and recreate systems that actually keep us safe.” Councilmember Alondra Cano said the council would "abolish the Minneapolis Police system as we know it."  "I do not support abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department," said Mayor Jacob Frey, who was booed a day earlier for a similar sentiment.