Ilhan Omar Says "It's Time to Disband" the Minneapolis Police
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On Friday, far-left United States Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar suggested that the Minneapolis Police Department must be disbanded after George Floyd was murdered by a police man.
Omar took to Twitter to say: "The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis. Thank you to @Mplsward3 for your leadership on this!"
Omar's comments were very similar to those of Minneapolis City Council members who are currently considering completely dismantling the police department.
Check out what City Pages reported:
Now the council members are listening to a city that is wounded, angry, fed up with decades of violence disproportionately visited upon black and brown residents. Various private and public bodies – from First Avenue to Minneapolis Public Schools – have essentially cut ties with the police department. Council members are trying to figure out what their next move is.
Their discussion is starting to sound a little more like what groups like Reclaim the Block and the Black Visions Collective have been saying for years. On Tuesday, Fletcher published a lengthy Twitter thread saying the police department was “irredeemably beyond reform,” and a “protection racket” that slows down responses as political payback.
“Several of us on the council are working on finding out what it would take to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity,” he wrote.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is also thinking about going after the police force after he announced that he will be planning on defunding the Los Angeles Police Department by $100-$150 million.
The announcement makes absolutely no sense considering violent riots broke out in LA county last week, resulting in millions of dollars of damages. Now, Garcetti wants there to be an even weaker police presence.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The mayor said the cuts to the police department will be replicated across other departments as the city redirects roughly $250 million from its budget to invest in “communities of color and women and people who have been left behind.” The Los Angeles Police Department’s total annual budget is $1.86 billion, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The cuts will hit “every department, including the Police Department because we all have to be part of this solution together. We all have to step up and say, ‘What can we sacrifice?’” the mayor said.
Shortly after Garcetti’s announcement, three Los Angeles City Council members introduced legislation to cut funding from the LAPD’s 2020-21 budget.
Protesters began marching last week over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The protests have been overshadowed by violent rioters that have wrecked stores, attacked police, and stolen with impunity.
Garcetti has drifted some in his response to the riots. Soon after saying National Guard units would not be necessary, Garcetti called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to send in the National Guard on May 31 and imposed a city-wide curfew to stop the violence and restore order.
The increased police presence appears to have curbed much of the violence as officers arrested hundreds of people for violating curfew, stealing, or attacking officers and others, per the Los Angeles Times. At least 60 people are now facing charges.
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