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Minneapolis councilor receiving 'death threats' over proposal to replace MPD

Philippe Cunningham is calling for a new public safety department.

One of Minneapolis' City Council members has publicly revealed that he and his family are dealing with "death threats and violently racist, transphobic, and homophobic harassment" over some of his recent policy proposals. 

Phillipe Cunningham, who represents the city's 4th Ward, is among the council members leading the charge for police reform following the death of George Floyd.

In a tweet on Friday, he opened up about the harassment he's been receiving as a result, saying the threats came because "I am proposing an absolutely reasonable restructuring of a broken public safety system":

He added that "I won’t be scared into silence. I stand by my values & focus on good governance."

When a twitter user asked him to "prove it," he shared a screenshot of a message in which someone used extreme homophobic slurs and said, "I pray you and your family burn to death after all your limbs are hacked off."

This month, Cunningham and two other council members — Steve Fletcher, and Jeremy Schroeder — announced they would introduce an ordinance that would create a new department to provide public safety services in Minneapolis, including law enforcement.

It would also remove the Minneapolis Police Department as a standalone department in the city's charter.

Because such an ordinance would amend the City of Minneapolis' charter, local voters would have to approve it via a ballot measure with at least 51% of the vote. 

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