Minneapolis City Council Members Want To Abolish The Police

"Several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD," says Minneapolis City Councilmember Fletcher.

Several members of the Minneapolis City Council want to disband their city’s police force and are investigating how this goal might be realized.

“Several of us on the council are working on finding out, what it would take to disband the MPD,” says Steve Fletcher, a member of the 13-person assembly that serves as the legislative branch of Minneapolis government. The decision to abolish the police force comes after George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, May 26. Floyd’s death triggered a wave of destructive riots throughout the city.

Many rioters have also said they would like to see the police department dissolved.

A rioter paints “ABOLISH THE POLICE” on a boarded up building in Minneapolis.

Fletcher suggests that if the Council is successful in abolishing the police, a new unarmed “public safety” group will take its place. He says the council wants to “totally reimagine what public safety means… “We can invest in cultural competency and mental health training,” he adds.

He also blames the president of the Minneapolis Police Union, Bob Kroll, and law enforcement more broadly for the recent nights of violence.

This is not the first time a member of the Minneapolis city council has spoken out as Minnesota’s biggest city burns.

Minnesota Attorney General Kieth Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison declared his allegiance to ANTIFA, May 31, after President Donald Trump announced that the far left group will be designated as a terror organization.

The Council is generally understood to have a strong leftward bent. Two of its members, Phillipe Cunningham and Andrea Jenkins are transgender.

Cunningham sits on on the bottom right corner, Jenkins sits in the bottom row, third from the right.

Rioting in Minneapolis has claimed claimed the lives of at least two individuals and destroyed over 300 businesses, per the Star Tribune.