A Democrat, who has a senior role in local government, called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be shut down.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender and other councillors are demanding that law enforcement service be disbanded due to growing civil unrest about police brutality.
Extreme protests have swept across the nation since the death in custody of Minnesotan George Floyd who local police allegedly handcuffed, kneed his throat, and then he became unresponsive and later die on May 25.
“I am one of many on the council, including the council president and the chair of public safety, who are publicly supporting the call to disband our police department,” Steve Fletcher representing Minneapolis’s Ward 3 said in an opinion article published by TIME Magazine.
Fletcher and his colleagues plan to replace the existing “murderous” police service with a more benevolent style of policing across the Saintly City.
“[We will] start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety, and outreach capacity,” he wrote. “Our city needs a public safety capacity that does not fear our residents; that does not need a gun at a community meeting … that does not resort quickly to pepper spray when people are understandably angry [and] that does not murder black people.”
He defended the radical proposal by claiming his constituents wanted the city’s law enforcement to be reformed.
“They have learned their whole lives to equate ‘safety’ with ‘police’ but are now concluding that need not be the case,” he said. “After viewing George Floyd’s murder, watching police not only fail to apologize but escalate the situation with aggressive tactics, and finally watching the department abandon neighborhood businesses to exclusively defend their precinct building, most of my constituents have had enough.”
Fletcher also blamed police advocates for resisting the council’s previous attempts to overhaul the service.
“My assessment of what is now necessary is shaped by the failure of the reforms we’ve attempted, in the face of opposition from the department and the Police Federation,” he said. “[DFL] Mayor [Jacob] Frey has met fierce resistance from the Federation to implement even minor policy changes.”
However, the Oval Office describes many of the protesters as “anarchists” who did not demonstrate peacefully when they allegedly set fire to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington.
“If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the church on fire the night before?” President Donald Trump said on Twitter. “People liked my walk to this historic place of worship … you got it wrong.”
The president also rejected allegations spread by mainstream media that authorities used tear gas to forcefully remove the protesters for a media photo opportunity with the president in the nation’s capital.
“Media falsely claimed violent riots were peaceful and that tear gas was used against rioters,” he said on Twitter. “Fake news is hurting our country so badly.”