Some members of the Minneapolis City Council want to "dismantle" and disband the city's police department.
Two Minneapolis City Council members have tweeted this week that they're looking to make serious changes to, or possibly eliminate, the Minneapolis Police Department after George Floyd's death last week.
Tuesday, Ward 3 representative Steve Fletcher tweeted, "I don't know yet, though several of us on the council are working on find out, what it would take to disband the MPD and start fresh with a community-oriented, non-violent public safety and outreach capacity," KTSP reports.
Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety. https://t.co/FCfjoPy64k— Lisa Bender (@lisabendermpls) June 4, 2020
Thursday, Ward 5 representative Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, tweeted, "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. It's really past due."
Later Thursday, Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis City Council president and Ward 10 representative, tweeted, "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."