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.
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