Walz, Biden react to Minneapolis police disbanding proposal

They're the latest to say they're not fully in support of the idea.
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As the majority of Minneapolis City Council members are hoping to dismantle the police department, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president said Monday he doesn't support the move. 

This comes as protests against police brutality across the country have called for defunding – redirecting parts of police budgets to other city departments – or disbanding police departments. 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, on Monday wouldn't be drawn on whether he agreed with the council's desire to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, but did say that the notion of defunding or dismantling police is "more complex" than a soundbite.

What Minneapolis City Council members want to do won't be done quickly. You can read about why it will likely take a ballot measure to dismantle the department here.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, in a statement to NPR, said he doesn't think defunding police is the way to go. 

"Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded," Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates told NPR in a statement. "He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain."

Instead, his campaign supports a criminal justice plan that has $300 million investment in community policing initiatives, NPR said.

Walz and Biden aren't the only people to say they're not fully in support of dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department. President Donald Trump does not seem to support defunding police, according to tweets he sent Monday. 

And in Minnesota, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed over the weekend because he doesn't support abolishing the department (he has said he supports wider reforms) and Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart said his agency has "no appetite" for working in the city if the police department is abolished

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