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Minneapolis, Defend Black Lives

Problem

Major Actions

On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground, kneeling on his neck for seven minutes and 15 seconds, ultimately making it impossible for him to breathe and causing his death. This public lynching is only one in a series of state-sanctioned killings of Black people during late May and early June 2020 that catapulted cities in all 50 states across America into organized resistance. 

Solution / Demand

 As the Black Vision Collective has outlined, pressure from Black communities has forced the city of Minneapolis to prosecute George Floyd’s murderer and fire all four police officers involved in the case. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison arrested and charged all officers involved in George Floyd’s death, and brought the charge against Derek Chauvin as felony second-degree murder. The Minneapolis school board voted to terminate its contract with the police department, and the University of Minnesota announced it was scaling back its relationship with Minneapolis Police (including no longer contracting with the police for major sporting events). The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board unanimously voted on a resolution to sever its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Community groups are still continuing to push for justice. Major demands include:

  • The City Council should pledge to be a visionary leader for the city, which means they must  #DefundMPD.
  • The City Council commits to never again voting to increase police funding or the police department’s budget.
  • The City Council cuts $45 million from MPD’s budget as the City responds to projected COVID-19 shortfalls.
  • The City Council promises to protect and expand current investment in community-led health and safety strategies, instead of investing in police.