Skip to main content

Councilors: 'We're going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department'

There are growing calls within city leadership to disband the current police force.

Members of Minneapolis City Council are adding fuel to growing calls for the disbanding of the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

There have been rumblings in recent days of looking for alternative approaches to law enforcement and crime prevention in Minneapolis, as trust in the police department continues to plummet after the 46-year-old's death.

Chief among those calling for change is Northside council member Jeremiah Ellison, who on Thursday tweeted "we are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department."

"And when we’re done, we’re not simply gonna glue it back together," he added. "We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It’s really past due."

Ellison, the 5th Ward council member who is the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Public Schools Board Chair Kim Ellison, is not alone in expressing a desire to bring an end to MPD in its current form.

Council president Lisa Bender backed Ellison's call, tweeting: "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."

Earlier on Thursday, she noted how she has "long supported moving money from MPD to community strategies."

Furthermore, she says as the council moves towards transforming law enforcement in the city, she called on the city's white community to stand up.

"If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?

"I mean this quite sincerely & seriously: just look at recent conversations about City-funded neighborhood organizations to understand how explicitly we would have to work to establish alternative systems that do not replicate the same problems. White ppl need to show up for this."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The council has proved to be a check on Mayor Jacob Frey's efforts to increase policing in recent years, and the killing of Floyd has seen them become more and more vocal about calls for change.

Ward 3 member Steve Fletcher earlier this week accused MPD of reducing response times to his ward because he had voted for budget cuts for the department.

He said the continued presence of Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll shows that MPD is "irredeemably beyond reform."

Next Up

Pixabay - police crime tape do not cross stock

Body of Granite Falls man found 3 days after he was reported missing

Jonathen Andrew Knutson, 26, was reported missing by his family Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-09-21 at 9.12.44 PM

Beloved Stillwater pirate chef Shawn Smalley dies at 45

He ran Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar for a decade.

image

With 48 charged, aftershocks of Feeding Our Future fraud case continue

The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking to recoup taxpayer money lost in a "sham lawsuit" related to the alleged fraud.

Screen Shot 2022-09-21 at 12.46.46 PM

Charges: Ineligible man had guns, over 15,000 rounds of ammo

A search of the man's vehicle and house turned up multiple firearms.

LilahLongRochester

Missing Rochester girl is found safe

She had been reported missing after last being seen Monday.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 3.55.03 PM

Councilors talk more on desire to dismantle Minneapolis police

Gov. Tim Walz meanwhile acknowledges that there is concern from those in Greater Minnesota.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis councilors propose removing police from City Charter as soon as fall

Nine of 12 city councilors recently revealed plans to disband the city police department.

Defund the police

City council announces plan to disband Minneapolis Police Department

There is a majority that can't be vetoed by the mayor.

Arradondo, Frey

Jacob Frey says police chief should be given chance to fix department

It comes amid moves by the city council for sweeping changes and ultimately the disbanding of the department.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Minnesota files civil rights charge against Minneapolis Police Department

It comes following the death of George Floyd on Monday, May 25.

Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 10.28.52 AM

Man who died after arrest in Minneapolis identified as George Floyd

It's sparking calls for accountability and change within the city's police department.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Minneapolis votes for police chokehold ban, other immediate changes

The city council is taking swift action following the death of George Floyd.

minneapolis public schools

Minneapolis Public Schools votes to terminate contract with city police

It follows the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.