On June 8, nine out of 12 Minneapolis city council members in the US state of Minnesota, where a white policeman strangled African-American George Floyd two weeks ago, announced that they intended to support the dissolution of the local police.
The statement was made amid protests across the country that erupted after Floyd’s death. “It’s clear that the police aren’t protecting our community,” said Lisa Bender, president of the council.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, a Utah senator and former US Republican presidential candidate, took part in a protest rally against police violence in Washington. Romney became the first Republican senator to actively participate in protests against the murder of George Floyd. Romney tweeted a photo of the Black Lives Matter demonstrators and wrote: “We need a voice against racism. We need a lot of votes against racism and cruelty. ”