- Apr 8, 2013
Minneapolis City Council members announce intent to defund and dismantle the city’s police department
Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council on Sunday announced they intend to defund and dismantle the city's police department following the police killing of George Floyd.
Yes, and they have the votes on the City Council to do it right now, and intend to do it. It's what they mean to do which is vague. They are clearly saying they want to do more than just reduce PD funding to use it for other things. More than that I cannot deduce. Direct quotes from City Council members do little to clarify their meaning:
"The idea of having no police department is certainly not in the short term," Bender said.
"We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we're done, we're not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response."
No details have been given as to what that means."Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."
So, are they literally talking about having no police, such that if you call 911 to report an axe wielding psycho breaking into your house, there will be no help available? Or people can drive drunk throughout the city and no one is there to stop them?
Or is this really just them using very strident language to describe something not nearly as radical as what the language suggests? In which case, they are taking advance of the politics of the moment and the rage against police to posture in a very dishonest way.