Minneapolis police “dismantled”: the authorities of this American city announced a shock measure two weeks after the death of a black man during his arrest by a white police officer.
Thousands of people demonstrated this weekend in the United States and around the world against racism after the death on May 25 of George Floyd, a black man of 46 years.
The accused police officer, Derek Chauvin, was initially charged with manslaughter but this count was reclassified on June 4 as murder, punishable by forty years in prison. He is due to appear in court for the first time on Monday.
The three policemen who accompanied him, who had not been prosecuted immediately, were finally charged with complicity, and placed in detention.
These lawsuits were at the heart of the demands of the demonstrators but they did not put an end to the mobilization which has even since become global.
“Rebuild” with the population
Latest consequence: the Minneapolis, Minnesota, police force will disappear in its current form. So decided on Sunday its city council.
“We are committed to dismantling the 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. She said she intended to transfer funds from the police budget to population-based projects.
The mayor of the city Jacob Frey had let know before the vote of the council that he was not in favor of this dismantling, saying that he preferred a “major structural reform for the overhaul of this structurally racist system”. Therefore, the city council’s promise may take time to materialize.
A law for the whole country
Democrats on Sunday called for a radical transformation of the police, accused of discrimination, injustice and brutality against black Americans. Several elected Democrats want to tackle what they believe to be the result of racism that has plagued the history of the United States since slavery, by presenting legislation to Congress on Monday to reform the police as a whole the United States.