Minneapolis council votes to dismantle police over George Floyd's death

WION Web Team
Minneapolis Published: Jun 08, 2020, 07:25 AM(IST)

Police spray protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd outside the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis Photograph:( AFP )

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Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey was booed by protesters after he declared that he was against de-funding the police even as the death of George Floyd by a city policeman inflamed the nation.

After controversy erupted over defunding Minneapolis police in the United States, city councilors on Sunday voted to dismantle and rebuilt the police.

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"A veto-proof majority of the MPLS City Council just publicly agreed that the Minneapolis Police Department is not reformable and that we're going to end the current policing system," Council Member Alondra Cano said in a tweet.

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Over the weekend, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey was booed by protesters after he declared that he was against de-funding the police even as the death of George Floyd by a city policeman inflamed the nation.

Protesters hit back by jeeing the mayor with chants of “Go home, Jacob, go home".

Minneapolis has seen continuous protests after the killing of African-American George Floyd by a city policeman who was seen in a video pining down his neck with his foot.

The death sparked nationwide anger and fueled protests which spread to other parts of the world with the #Blacklivesmatter issue taking the social media by storm.

US President who had ordered the National Guard troops ordered their withdrawal from Washinton streets after several days of protests.

"I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control," the US President said, adding,"they will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!"

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