Minneapolis City Council Pres. Says No Need For Police And That Requesting Help For A Break-In ‘Comes From a Place Of Privilege’

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Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said during an interview on Monday that her city has no need for a local police department.

In an interview with CNN anchor Alysin Camerota, Bender said the populace could and should police themselves.

The Washington Examiner reports Camerota then asked what that idea would begin to look like in the real world: “What if in the middle of the night my home is broken into. Who do I call?”

“Yes, I mean, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors,” Bender answered. “And I know ⁠— and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done.”

“And so in the very immediate, we have to lean into whatever changes we can make in our existing police department,” she continued. “You know, I think we look to cities like Camden, New Jersey, that completely restructured their department, as we build up systems. And we’ve already done that. We are not starting from scratch.”

Check out her comments below:

The Washington Examiner reports Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has expressed opposition to defunding the police. He has instead pushed for reforming the current system but keeping law enforcement in place.

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From the report:

The mantra to “defund the police” has become a rallying cry during protests that have taken place since the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite his pleas for air.

The officer who pressed a knee to Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was fired from the department and has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers who were involved in detaining Floyd, who was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill, were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

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