The death of the unarmed African-American man, George Floyd in the US has sparked protests all over the country against racism in US law enforcement. On Sunday, a majority of the numbers of the Minneapolis City Council backed dismantling the city’s police department. It was the latest aggressive stance which occurs just after George Floyd’s death.
On Sunday afternoon, out of the twelve council members, nine members joined the activists’ rally in a city park and demanded to end policing as the city currently knows it. A member of the council, Jeremiah Ellison promised that the council would “dismantle” the department.
“It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” Lisa Bender, the council president, said. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.”
She further claimed that she along with other eight members of the body are committed to ending the city’s relationship with the police and thereby ending policing.
A 46-year-old black man, George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street. He was captured crying “I can’t breathe” and the white officer held it there even after Floyd stopped moving.
The Minneapolis department has faced criticism due to their racist and brutal culture for a long time by the community activists. Thousands of protesters gathered in Washington D.C to protest both Floyd’s death and President Donald Trump’s use of military personnel in response to largely peaceful demonstrations.
Last year, a black former Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed white Australian woman trying to report a crime. He was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison.