Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) wants the 800 officer Minneapolis Police Department disbanded.
The freshman lawmaker represents the city of Minneapolis and some of its inner-ring suburbs. Her extreme call to action came via Tweet earlier today.
The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform.
It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 5, 2020
The Daily Caller’s Jordan Lancaster has more:
The congresswoman tagged the account of Minneapolis City Council member Steve Fletcher, who has rallied the City Council to support disbanding the police department. The motion to defund the police has recently gained wide support, with a number of celebrities signing an online petition.
“Several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity,” Fletcher said in a tweet Tuesday.
I don’t know yet, though several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity.
— Steve Fletcher – Minneapolis Ward 3 (@MplsWard3) June 2, 2020
“The whole world is watching, and we can declare policing as we know it a thing of the past, and create a compassionate, non-violent future,” he added. “It will be hard. But so is managing a dysfunctional relationship with an unaccountable armed force in our city.”
The Minneapolis Park Board made a unanimous decision Tuesday to cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department.
Other prominent organizations in the city, including the University of Minnesota, will no longer work with the police department.