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University of Minnesota cuts several ties with Minneapolis police over George Floyd death

U of M President Joan Gabel has announced major changes to its relationship with MPD.

The University of Minnesota has announced it is severing its ties with Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

U of M President Joan Gabel announced in an email to students and faculty that she is making immediate changes to the university's relationship with the department, noting that "our hearts are broken after watching that appalling video" of Floyd's arrest.

It means the U of M will no longer contract MPD to provide additional policing for any of its large events, which includes Gophers football games, concerts, or ceremonies.

It will also no longer use MPD for specialized police services, such as K-9 explosives detection units.

"We have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them," she wrote.

"We will limit our collaboration with MPD to joint patrols and investigations that directly enhance the safety of our community or that allow us to investigate and apprehend those who put our students, faculty, and staff at risk."

She continued to write that "we must act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain," adding to the calls for "accountability and justice."

It's not clear at this stage to whom the university will turn to provide additional policing at its events.

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