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As Minneapolis City Council Plans To Dismantle PD, We Discuss Alternative Public Safety Models With Former Law Enforcement Officers




A demonstrator holds her hands up in front of police while protesting against the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A demonstrator holds her hands up in front of police while protesting against the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city’s police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd’s death.

Nine of the council’s 12 members appeared with activists at a rally in a city park Sunday afternoon and vowed to end policing as the city currently knows it. Council member Jeremiah Ellison promised that the council would “dismantle” the department. It would be replaced with community-based public safety efforts - what does that mean and what are alternative models to traditional policing? 

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Cheryl Dorsey, retired sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD); she served between 1980-2000; she tweets @sgtcheryldorsey 

Norm Stamper, former chief of police at the Seattle Police Department whose career as a police officer spans 34 years; his latest book is “To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police” (Nation Books, 2016)

Jeff Noble, police practices consultant, founder of Noble Consulting and Expert Witness Services and former deputy chief of the Irvine Police Department