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Minneapolis City Council Votes to Abolish PD; Some Members Have Private Security

By John Jakubisin | June 29, 2020 | 1:42pm EDT
MANHATTAN, NY - JUNE 19: An African American protester wears a mask and holds a homemade sign that says, "Defund the Police" as they perform a peaceful protest walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NY - JUNE 19: An African American protester wears a mask and holds a homemade sign that says, "Defund the Police" as they perform a peaceful protest walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 in favor of abolishing the Minneapolis Police Department on Friday. Meanwhile, the city recently hired private security for three of the council members, costing taxpayers $4,500 a day.

The council unanimously approved an amendment which would rewrite the city charter. It will now be submitted to the popular vote. The amendment will remove the city’s police department from the charter of the city and put in its place a new Charter Department that would “provide for community safety and violence prevention.”

The new department would “have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”

The City of Minneapolis also hired private security for three of its council members, which has cost the city around $63,000 over the past three weeks, beginning approximately June 8, according to Fox 9.

The security detail is for council members Andrea Jenkins, Phillipe Cunningham, and Alondra Cano, who have all been vocal advocates for defunding and abolishing the police department and who have received death threats.

When Fox 9 asked why the Minneapolis Police Department was not providing the security, a city spokesperson responded that the MPD resources are needed in the community.

The city council’s move to dismantle the police department comes after weeks of protest following the death of George Floyd, who died after an encounter with Minneapolis police.

Although concentrated in Minneapolis, calls for “defunding” or “abolishing” police have been widespread across the country.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has publicly opposed calls for “abolishing” the police. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said the mayor is “unwavering in his commitment to working with Chief Arradondo toward deep structural reforms and uprooting systemic racism. He does not support abolishing the police department,” according to CNN.

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