The Minneapolis City Council ‘Took The First Step’ Towards Potentially Disbanding Police Department

The Minneapolis City Council took the first step towards making large changes to the MPD as they appear to uphold their pledge to abolish the police.

The Minneapolis City Council took the first official step towards making large changes the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) during an emergency meeting, Friday.

Members of the Council and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar have both supported abolishing MPD entirly.

For several days, members of the Council have promised to dismantle the MPD after a man, George Floyd, died in police custody, March 25. Floyd’s untimely death triggered a wave of protests, riots and unrest both in Minnesota and across America. One common demand of those who have taken to the streets is the abolition of the police— a wish the city council seems keen on granting. On Friday, the council approved the language for a court order that stipulates several changes be made to the way the department operates. Although this order has yet to receive a judicial signature, councilmember Cunningham promises that this is only the beginning, and that “big things” are coming.

The order that the council voted to affirm Friday will, if signed by the Judge of the Hennepin County District Court, requires the police chief or a high ranking designee of the chief to personally authorize all use of crowd control weapons (tear gas) against protestors. It will also ban the use of chokeholds and require officers to intervene against those who employ the tatic. 

Screenshot, Minneapolis City Website

After Friday’s meeting, Omar praised the Council for its actions and characterized MPD as “a system that is rotten.”

Also on Friday, she said that the police department is “beyond reform” in an apparent call for the dismemberment of MPD.

Several members of the Council have also voiced similar rhetoric in recent days including Lisa Bender, the Council President and Jeremiah Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General Kieth Ellison’s son.