The mayor said he did not support this proposal in its current form
The Minneapolis Police Department may soon undergo a radical change after the death of African-American George Floyd, who died two weeks ago when he was detained by four city policemen.
Nine of the 12 members of the city council announced at a rally in the city park that they supported the dissolution of the department and its replacement with some community-based model of maintaining public safety.
How exactly this model will look is not known in detail.
The plan must be approved by the city council, and, in accordance with its rules, this decision cannot be vetoed.
On Saturday, a group of demonstrators staged a rally outside the home of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, demanding that funding for the police department be cut off. The audience accused the department of long-standing racism and the rough treatment of black suspects.
“We needed to get together here before so many deaths occurred,” said Candace Montgomery, director of Black Vision, which initiated the rally outside the mayor’s house. “We will be safer without armed, unaccountable patrols supported by a state that is harassing blacks.”
Frey told the audience that he did not support the dissolution of the police department in its current form.
“I told them the truth about my position. I will tirelessly work on deep structural reforms to change police practices, rethink our system, and will be directly involved in systemic racism. But I do not support the liquidation of the department, ”Frey said.
Many demonstrators across the country demanded that funding for police departments in large cities be cut off. Supporters say that this should not be literally understood as the liquidation of law enforcement agencies, but that a significant part of the money from which the police are financed can be redirected to social services. In their view, improving living conditions will reduce the need for armed officers.
Opponents say they are wondering what will happen when someone calls 911 to report rape, murder, or armed robbery, and there aren’t enough officers available.
Prospective Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will arrive in Houston on Monday to meet with George Floyd’s family before his funeral.
Biden’s assistant said that Biden’s video message will be shown at the service, but the candidate will not be at the funeral.
Floyd was born near Fayetteville, North Carolina, but raised in Houston, where he will be buried on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Biden received great support when former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that he would vote for the Democrat in the November elections.
“I just can’t support President Trump this year,” Powell told CNN.
He explained that “he is very close to Joe Biden on social and political issues.”
“I think that what we are seeing now, and this is the most massive protest movement that I have ever seen, suggests that the country is becoming wiser, and we are no longer going to put up with it,” Powell said.
In response, Trump called Powell “inert” and “overrated.”
Powell was another influential voice in the U.S. military that condemned the Trump administration’s calls for use of force to protest police brutality against black men.
The National Guard will begin to leave Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and other cities in California, as the level of violence from protesters in connection with the death of Floyd has decreased.
Sunday marches in California were peaceful, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said a “small number of units” would be nearby for at least two more days in case of emergency.
A group that calls itself the “Compton Cowboys” and consists primarily of African-Americans, held a peaceful protest on horses on Sunday in some suburbs of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, a group of classic car lovers held their own march in East Los Angeles.
Tensions in Auckland increased somewhat when the demonstrators tried to block the highway but retreated after a short confrontation with the police. Another meeting inscribed “The lives of blacks matter” on a street in downtown Auckland, as was done earlier on a street in Washington.
Several hundred families, many with wheelchairs, marched peacefully around a lake in Auckland. A similar march took place in San Francisco on the city’s promenade, where thousands of people gathered.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney joins protesters in Washington. This is the first known case of a republican legislator participating in a demonstration.