Minneapolis police will be “dismantled,” city councilors in the US city where George Floyd died on Sunday night said, sparking protests across the country and around the world against racism in law enforcement .
“We are committed to dismantling police services as we know them in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuilding with our people a new model of public safety that truly keeps our people safe,” said Lisa Bender, president of the City Council, on CNN.
“Not a short term project”
She said she intends to transfer funds allocated to the city police budget to population-based projects. The city council is also planning to consider how to replace the current police, she added. “The idea of not having a police force is certainly not a short-term project,” she said. Councilor Alondra Cano said on Twitter that the decision was made “with a majority of Minneapolis City Council sufficient to avoid a veto.”
According to her, the council concluded that the city’s police force was “not reformable and that we would put an end to the current law enforcement system”. A white Minneapolis police officer was charged with the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, on May 25. A video filmed by a passer-by shows him with one knee resting for nearly nine minutes on the neck of the victim, who reports that he cannot breathe. Three police officers who accompanied him were also charged.
Tens of thousands of Americans demonstrated again on Saturday in cities across the country. And the rally in the federal capital Washington, under the windows of a White House surrounded by wire fences and transformed into an entrenched camp, did not give rise to any incident.
Riots and looting agitated in the days following the tragedy several large cities across the country, pushing the authorities to put in place curfews. From Bristol to Budapest via Madrid and Rome, tens of thousands of Europeans joined the protests against racism on Sunday.