A police officer stands ready at a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd. June 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Continuing from a discussion Friday, nine members of the 12-person Minneapolis city council pledged Sunday to abolish the Minneapolis police department. Their reasoning behind this plan is to create a new system of public safety in Minneapolis, where law enforcement has been accused of racism for some time.

Councilmember Andrea Jenkins and council president Lisa Bender stated, “We will be taking intermediate steps toward ending the MPD through the budget process and other policy and budget decisions over the coming weeks and months.” Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey did not voice his support for this call to action yesterday, which prompted protestors to shout at him until he left the scene.

Many government officials after Frey have come out to issue their opinion on the situation. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) voiced his opinion on the matter, stating, “What a ridiculous idea […] We need order in our streets. And the easiest way to have that is to have a strong presence of character-driven law enforcement officers.” Dan Bongino, a former New York police officer and Secret Service agent, stated, “Make absolutely no mistake about it. People will die. Real people. Not Hollywood nonsense. Not movie types. Real people, kids, teenagers, and adults will die.” At the time of publishing, no action has been made by Minneapolis as to the next steps for carrying out this proposal.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Minneapolis City Council members intend to defund and dismantle the city’s police department – CNN – 6/8/2020
“We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,” Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey rejects city council’s push to defund police, despite veto-proof majority – Fox News – 6/7/2020
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Sunday reiterated that he doesn’t support abolishing the city’s police force, hours after a veto-proof majority of members of the Minneapolis City Council said they want to take that drastic step in the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd.

Democrats grapple with U.S. protesters’ demand to defund the police – Reuters – 6/7/2020
U.S. Democrats have largely embraced the activists packing into streets nationwide to decry the killings of black men and women by law enforcement but so far express wariness at protesters’ calls to defund the police.

‘Get the F*** Outta Here’: Minneapolis Mayor Booed From Protest After Refusing to Defund Police – Yahoo News – 6/8/2020
A crowd of protesters booed and jeered Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for refusing to defund police after gathering outside the politician’s home on June 6.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

NPR Politics on Twitter, 6/8/2020: Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council — a veto-proof majority — announced this weekend their support for “dismantling” the city’s police department in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

Mona Eltahawy on Twitter, 6/8/2020: Protests work. Activism works. Love and solidarity with all who’ve worked for this for years and with all who protest and continue to protest. Salute @reclaimtheblock @BlackVisionsMN @MPD_150 @Mvmnt4BlkLives #BlackLivesMatter #BlackSpring #DefundThePolice #AbolishThePolice

Liam Donovan on Twitter, 6/8/2020: @SeanTrende Minneapolis city council is either being remarkably naive with this statement or incredibly cynical. There is no in between.

Marybeth Jacoby on Twitter, 6/8/2020: Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

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