Minnesota City Council members have announced their intent to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and invest in community-led public safety.
The announcement comes after council president Lisa Bender and member Jeremiah Ellison said that they plan to dismantle the police department. The alternative offer had to do with taking the department money and putting it toward community initiatives that strengthen safety. The council members are expected to face opposition from law enforcement officials and the police union, though activists emphasize that the veto-proof majority has the authority to move forward regardless of opposition.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey issued a statement addressing the need for reform but said he doesn't support disbanding the police department.