This article opens with the statement “The Minneapolis City Council’s resolve to end the city’s police department has lost momentum, the result of the failure to get the question before voters in November and council members’ diverging ideas on the role of sworn officers in the future.” Apparently, some activist organizations led the push to end the MPD. We find that out when the article reports “Black Visions, formerly known as the Black Visions Collective, organized social media campaigns asking city officials to cut the department’s budget and vow never to increase it again.”

That didn’t go over well with other activist organizations:

“They really did miss the opportunity to create actual change,” said Michelle Gross, of Communities United Against Police Brutality. “It’s almost as if changing the police is a bad word, and you’re supposed to be talking instead about getting rid of police.”

That led to this:

City Council Member Alondra Cano was the first to reach out, Omeoga recalled. They talked about the need to do something bold. Soon afterward, Black Visions and its partner organization, Reclaim the Block, connected with other council members and began discussing what promises they might feel comfortable making.

After that, this:

By the time they took the stage, nine council members had agreed to participate: Bender, Vice President Andrea Jenkins and council members Cano, Phillipe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Steve Fletcher, Cam Gordon, Andrew Johnson and Jeremy Schroeder. They took turns reading from a joint statement that asserted the Police Department could not be reformed. “We are here today to begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating [a] new transformative model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis,” they said.

They added that they didn’t have “all the answers about what a police-free future looks like” but promised to spend a year engaging with “every willing community member.” Without a detailed plan to accompany their pledge, some people turned to statements from individual council members for help interpreting what it meant. Some had promised to dismantle the department, while others focused on boosting funding for violence prevention programs.

After the riots (they aren’t “mostly peaceful protests”) and after street violence skyrocketed, Minneapolis’s minority communities have started taking a harder look at what the DFL-controlled Minneapolis City Council voted to do. These DFL politicians voted to take these minority communities’ safety away. If Minnesota flips into the red column for President Trump this time, that action will be rightly seen as triggering the perfect storm. Videos like this won’t help VP Biden’s cause:

2 Responses to “Is this the death of killing the Minneapolis Police Department?”

  • eric z says:

    Cops in squad cars with dashcams and body cams properly used, driving and watching; and effective 911 dispatching is what’s needed for public safety. Desk jobs are a different thing. Defunding some of the desk jobs, buying the cams instead of military hardware, training better and making it a dischargable offense to teach or advocate “warrior” chokehold BS would go a long way to better policing. Getting rid of internal affairs and having citizen review panels with citizen complaints all public record would be another cost-neutral thing allowing more and better squadcare based community protective policing.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, I think those are the basis of legitimate police reform.

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