The Minneapolis city council on Friday unanimously approved a measure to abolish the city’s police department. The vote was 12 – 0.
The proposal gained popularity among city council members following the killing of George Floyd by a city police officer last month. The Minneapolis Police Department has been criticized for its response to anti-racism protests. The city’s police force, like countless others around the country, has come under heavy scrutiny by activists and critics . The department has also faced criticism for allowing Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, to remain on the job. A draft amendment that was posted online suggests replacing the force with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” It should consist of peace officers and ensure public safety through “a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”
Minneapolis City Council
The proposal will have to pass through a committee, then be reviewed by the city’s Charter Commission, then approved again by the entire city council by Aug. 21 and approved by voters in November. The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, does not support the proposal. He has power to veto. If approved, the plan to form a new public safety force would not go into effect until next year.