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This is not a headline that you’re going to see just any day. This is a major step forward in political accountability and social engineering. New York Times:

Nine members — a veto-proof majority — of the Minneapolis City Council pledged on Sunday to dismantle the city’s Police Department, promising to create a new system of public safety in a city where law enforcement has long been accused of racism.

Saying that the city’s current policing system could not be reformed, the council members stood before hundreds of people gathered late in the day on a grassy hill, and signed a pledge to begin the process of taking apart the Police Department as it now exists.

For liberal activists who have been pushing for years for drastic changes to policing, the move represented a turning point that they hoped would lead to a complete transformation of public safety in the city.

“It shouldn’t have taken so much death to get us here,” said Kandace Montgomery, the director of Black Vision. “We’re safer without armed, unaccountable patrols supported by the state hunting black people.”

If this works out well, this could become a template for progress in law enforcement nationwide. It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. The political right dismisses this act out of hand as Anarchy without even listening to the context or the intended result. We’ve delegated too much to an armed force whose job is to beat criminals into submission.

    The Police are the wrong tool to manage homeless people, The Drug-Addicted, The Mentally Ill, Schools, or Civil Unrest. They are the right tool, to prevent crime, respond first, and serve and protect. There has always been a hidden agenda in America’s Police Forces to protect the wealthy from the poor. That includes all the problems inherent in racism, classism, and social injustice.

    There are plenty of communities without a police presence. What they have in common is affluence. Good schools, easy access to resources including health care, plenty of jobs, and people who don’t have to worry about how they’ll get through the day without hunger of violence.

    Police have never been the answer. True equality, justice, and the honoring of the Social Contract promised in our Constitution is the answer. The only answer.

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