Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council announced that they intend to stop financing and dissolve the city’s police department after the assassination of George Floyd.
“We have committed ourselves to eliminating police activity as we know it and to create, together with our community, a new model of public security that will in fact protect people,” city council president Lisa Bender told CNN.
With nine votes, the city council will have a veto among 13 council members. She notes that the reform will take a long time, so the elimination of the police department is not a short-term solution.
George Floyd’s death sparked protests in the United States over systemic racism and police brutality. Floyd died after being detained when one of the officers pressed.