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Minneapolis police dept to be dismantled and rebuilt over George Floyd’s death

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on June 08, 2020

The Minneapolis police department in the United States, which spurred nation-wide protests against the racism prevalent in law enforcement agencies, will be dismantled and built again, as per the Agence France Presse report. The decision came after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

"We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe," Council President Lisa Bender told CNN.

Council Member Alondra Cano tweeted that the decision came through "a veto-proof majority of the MPLS City Council," which agreed that the police department "is not reformable and that we're going to end the current policing system."

A white police officer at the Minneapolis department has been charged with murder in the May 25 death of George Floyd. The officer pinned Floyd and choked him by his knees for nearly nine minutes while he pleaded for his life and called for his mother.

His killing led to world-wide demonstrations where people took to streets to protest against systemic racism against people of colour.

Floyd’s case was the latest of white law enforcement authorities being blamed for the death of an unarmed black person.

Published on June 08, 2020

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