The police department in the US city of Minneapolis is being dismantled and rebuilt, city councilors said late Sunday after George Floyd's death in custody sparked nationwide law enforcement protests against racism in law enforcement agencies.
"We are committed to dismantling the police force in the city of Minneapolis as we know it and to rebuilding a new model of public security with our community that will actually protect our community," said Lisa Bender, president of the council, to CNN.
Council member Alondra Cano tweeted that the decision was made by "a veto-safe majority of the MPLS City Council" who agreed that the police department "cannot be reformed and that we will end the current police system".
A white Minneapolis policeman was charged with murdering George Floyd on May 25 after a video by the viewer showed the policeman's knee was attached to Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while he was asking for his life and after his mother cried.
It was the most recent case where white law enforcement officials were blamed for the death of an unarmed black person.
For two weeks, Floyd's death has triggered mostly peaceful demonstrations across the country against racism in the U.S. law enforcement agencies. Some protesters have called for the police to be defused.
Last year, a black former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison for shooting an unarmed white Australian woman who was trying to report a crime.
Bender told CNN that she wanted to shift police funding to community-based strategies, and the city council would discuss how to replace the current police department.
"The idea of not having a police station is certainly not a short-term one," she added.
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