By Townhall. A veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council members have announced their intention to disband the city’s police department. Nine members are set to vote for defunding and dismantling the police force following the death of George Floyd.
“We recognize that we don’t have all the answers about what a police-free future looks like, but our community does,” the council members admitted in their statement.
“We’ll be taking intermediate steps towards ending the [Minneapolis Police Department] through the budget process and other policy and budget decisions over the coming weeks and months.” . . .
Today, #Minneapolis City Council members formally announced their commitment to end the MPD and create a new transformative model of public safety.
Here is their statement: pic.twitter.com/0jAE8YKQjf
— Local Progress (@LocalProgress) June 7, 2020
On Saturday, a mob of protesters called Mayor Jacob Frey out of his home to ask whether he supports defunding the police department. The angry crowd screamed obscenities and told the community-organizing mayor to “go home” after he said no to defunding the police. A spokesperson for Jacob Frey says the mayor remains committed “to working with Chief Arradondo toward deep structural reforms and uprooting systemic racism.”
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k
— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020
If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?
— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 3, 2020
(Read more from “Minneapolis City Council to Disband the Police” HERE)
Bill de Blasio Flips, Now Vows to Defund New York Police
By Washington Times. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio knuckled under to protesters Sunday and promised to cut funding to “New York’s Finest.”
Just two days after speaking skeptically of demands by Black Lives Matter and other protesters to defund the police, Mr. de Blasio agreed to start doing so, though he gave few specifics.
“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” the mayor said, the New York Times reported Sunday. (Read more from “Bill de Blasio Flips, Now Vows to Defund New York Police” HERE)
Trump Rips Democrats’ Calls to Defund Police
By AP. Protesters are pushing to “defund the police” over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans killed by law enforcement. Their chant has become rallying cry — and a stick for President Donald Trump to use on Democrats as he portrays them as soft on crime. . .
“They’re saying defund the police,” [Trump] said. “Defund. Think of it. When I saw it, I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ ‘We don’t want to have any police,’ they say. You don’t want police?”
Trump’s 2016 campaign was built on a promise of ensuring law and order — often in contrast to protests against his rhetoric that followed him across the country. As he seeks reelection, Trump is preparing to deploy the same argument again — and seems to believe the “defund the police” call has made the campaign applause line all the more real for his supporters. (Read more from “Trump Rips Democrats’ Calls to Defund Police” HERE)