Officials in Minneapolis have pledged to ‘defund the police’ — here’s how that could work in practice

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The Minneapolis City Council on Sunday pledged to defund the city’s police department, following the killing of George Floyd and claims stretching back decades that the department deploys excessive force.

“Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period,” Lisa Bender, the president of the City Council, said at a rally on Sunday.

Bender said that the council did not have a specific plan for how to replace the Minneapolis Police Department but that it would work with local communities to find a solution.

“We recognize that we don’t have all the answers about what a police-free future looks like, but our community does,” the council said.

Minneapolis groups involved in the process include MPD150, Black Visions Collective, and Reclaim the Block, which have long advocated defunding Minneapolis police.

Those supporting the “defund” movement vary in their views, but there are some common tenets. Here’s what those groups want to see and how policing in Minneapolis could look.

MPD150 and Reclaim the Block

MPD150 says it want to “shift the discussion of police violence in Minneapolis from one of procedural reforms to one of meaningful structural change.”

This would entail:

  • Transferring social service functions from police to community-based agencies and organizations.
  • Replacing the MPD emergency intervention functions “with models not based on military methods.”
  • Redirecting police resources to support community programs.

In an opinion article for Minneapolis’s Star Tribune newspaper, MPD150 said reallocated funds would help its aim of stamping out violent crime.

“Decades of social-science research has revealed that the biggest contributor to violent crime is poverty,” it said.

To get to a more peaceful place, MPD150 says the city needs “good, well-paying jobs, affordable housing, healthy food, empowering education, and accessible healthcare.”

Reclaim the Block has called on the council to defund the city’s police department since 2018.

In the run-up to Sunday’s pledge, Reclaim the Block petitioned the council to redeploy police funding to “community-led health and safety strategies.”

For example, if someone called 911 and said someone was a danger to others because of a mental-health crisis, the person responding could be a trained mental-health professional, rather than an armed police officer with the ability to use lethal force.

Similarly, experts in addiction could respond to drug-abuse cases rather than the police.

The groups worked together in 2017 to produce “Enough is Enough” — an in-depth review of 150 years of the city’s police department.

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5 thoughts on “Officials in Minneapolis have pledged to ‘defund the police’ — here’s how that could work in practice

  1. “Community organizers” have always been communist agitators.

    They have ALWAYS been started by, headed or controlled by joos.

    These idiots are proposing jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire as a solution to blue isis.

    It will also allow for the ability to drain even MORE shekels from the People and gain a stronger foothold in the mindset of those who enjoy the plantation.

    None of which is lawful but we’re not dealing with folks who want to be free, we’re talking about people who want to be taken care of because of a long painful unhealthy codependent relationship of master and slave.

    The mind has to be free first and then the desire to free the individual from all the other bonds will follow, but it’s an uphill battle when you’re dealing with mind control.

    1. “ we’re not dealing with folks who want to be free”

      Sure seems that way

      Afraid of something they have never experienced?

  2. Seems to me that if ever there was a time when the nation is screamin’ for THE PEOPLES’ COMMON LAW, it is NOW. What a time to put in place a system of caretaking the peace by the people themselves. Little small pockets of justice and where each has a voice. Therein lives the honoring of self-management which most, of all colors, would be relieved to have.


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