Speaking at a rally in Powderhorn Park Sunday afternoon, nine members of the 12 person City Council of Minneapolis announced their intent to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.
City Council President Lisa Bender, City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins and Council Members Alondra Cano, Philippe Cunningham, Jeremiah Ellison, Steve Fletcher, Cam Gordon and Jeremy Schroeder went on stage at the end of the rally to announce their intent to end the Minneapolis Police Department through a budgetary process. The nine council members make up a super majority, which means any decision agreed upon by all of them would be veto-proof.
They said they would divert the funds currently going to the police department into a new, community-based public safety model.
"This council is going to dismantle this police department," Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, son of Attorney General Keith Ellison said.