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Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender confirmed news Thursday night of the council’s intentions to “dismantle” the city’s police department in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests and riots that erupted across the country.

TheBlaze reported Thursday that several members on the council were seriously considering disbanding the police and putting a new form of public safety in its place. Now, given Bender’s definitive statement on the matter, that action appears even more likely.

“Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety,” Bender wrote on Twitter in response to fellow council member Jeremiah Ellison.

Bender, who represents the city’s Ward 10, did not go into specific detail regarding what exactly “the transformative new model of public safety” will look like in the tweet.

But on Friday morning, she retweeted a thread posted on Twitter by “Reclaim the Block,” a local organization launched in 2018 that calls for divesting from the Minneapolis Police Department and reallocating funds into community health and safety programs.

An ongoing petition launched by Reclaim the Block calls on city council members to never again vote to increase police funding in the city, initiate cuts into the police department’s budget, expand investment into “community-led health and safety strategies,” and compel police to stop acting violently toward community members.

The organization’s website does not list specific health and safety programs in which the council are to invest, but does generally call for more funding to be granted toward education and health care rather than law enforcement. It also suggests ideas such as sending a “mental health response team” rather than police to mental health crisis situations and focusing on youth care rather than criminalization.

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25 Comments
  • RGT says:

    This is without a doubt the most brainless and stupid F**king thing I have ever heard of. Only Liberals could come up with something this damn retarded. Here’s an idea. Starting immediately. Every single Police Officer in Minneapolis or any other Liberal city planning this BS, Should call in sick for the next 30 days. No cops on the streets of any of these cities. Let 911 calls for help go unanswered. Let the criminals and gang members have free reign to do whatever the hell they want. I’d give it less than a week before pissed off and scared citizens would be calling for these council members heads on a platter.

  • Kevin says:

    I suggest the Police go n strike RIGHT now and let the city council deal with the riots…

  • Patriot1951 says:

    So they are going with “a transformative new model of public safety”. Which means that they will hire “public safety” recruits out of their mothers’ basements, give them anti-Trump signs and demand they politely beg on their knees to criminals for forgiveness for the former police being so “mean”. Time for Minnexit before you are shot, beaten, robbed, raped, looted or burned out.

  • Lori says:

    It’s going to be like the wild, wild west out there. Hope it’s citizens are armed. Unintended consequences and all that.

  • Fred says:

    It’s time to disband the Democratic party and reimagine public service in Congress. Yes. We are going to dismantle the Democratic party and replace it with a transformative new model of public service.

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    Latest update concerning Muslimapolis——– The Mayor is wanting to apply for Federal Aid to help clean and rebuild buildings damaged from these “peaceful” protests. Here is my response to that. Since your Council has decided to disband the PD and implement a “new sheriff in town” plan, You can use that money you “saved” with the disillusionment of the Police to rebuild Muslimapolis.

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