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Crowd Boos Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey At Protest After He Refuses To Defund Police

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A crowd booed Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey at a protest after he refused to defund the police.

Thousands of protestors peacefully took to Minneapolis streets yesterday, June 6, for a rally – which ended near Mayor Frey’s home – organised by advocacy group Black Visions.

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Following the death of George Floyd, protesters have been calling for the police to be defunded, something the mayor said he couldn’t do.

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Addressing the crowd, he said:

I do have to take responsibility here. I’ve been coming to grips with my own brokenness in this situation, my own failures, my own shortcomings. And I know there needs to be deep-seated, structural reform in terms how the department operates.

The systemic racist system needs to be revamped. The police union needs to be put in its place.

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The mayor was then asked by a protester for a yes or no answer as to whether he would defund the Minneapolis Police Department, to which he answered, ‘I do not support the full abolition of the police department.’

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In response, Frey was booed, with some leaving the demonstration as a result.

Black Visions isn’t the only group calling for the defunding of America’s police; several other groups and protesters are also campaigning for it.

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Defunding the police is seen as an alternative to police reform, and proposes that a portion of the money spent on the police should be allocated elsewhere, for example to other social and economic services.

One city that has already committed to this is Los Angeles. City leaders recently announced that they’re looking to reallocate $100-$150 million from the LAPD budget to support the black community, reported Bustle.

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Other police departments have attempted to implement reforms that have been arguably unsuccessful – for example, Minneapolis Police spent $4.75 million on reforms like de-escalating training, yet the death of George Floyd still happened.

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Politician Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s representative, agreed with the protesters on defunding the police.

Speaking to the crowd, Omar said the time for departmental reform has passed, reported the Star Tribune.

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She added that, ‘The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root and so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer and we allow for something beautiful to rise.’

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On Friday, June 5, the Minneapolis City Council voted to ban police officers from using chokeholds and neck restraints, and strengthened rules for officers to intervene if a colleague is using excessive force. The action is waiting on a judge’s approval.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: News, Minneapolis, Now, Police, Protests, US News

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Bustle and 2 others
  1. Bustle

    What Does Defunding The Police Mean?

  2. Complex

    Crowd Boos Minneapolis Mayor After He Refuses to Commit to Defunding the Police Department

  3. Star Tribune

    Minneapolis Mayor Frey tells 'DefundMPD' marchers he favors reforms over disbanding