Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis has renewed her demand for the complete removal of the Minneapolis Police Department, emphasizing the need to “disband,” “dismantle,” and completely “get rid of” it in a Tuesday interview with Teen Vogue.
Breitbart (h/t nita) “The need to disband and dismantle — get rid of — the Minneapolis Police Department comes out of a place of understanding that they don’t have credibility within our community,” Omar told the magazine, asserting that it is operating with “impunity.”
“They are not doing the core function of solving half of the homicides in our city. So if you are not functioning in the ways in which you are supposed to function, protecting and serving, and your function has become to brutalize and cause harm to our community, then you shouldn’t exist,” she continued.
In June, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a pledge to disband the police and replace it with a community-led system.
“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” Minneapolis City Council member Jeremiah Ellison, son of Minnesota Muslim Attorney General Keith Ellison (D), said at the time.
After taking steps to eventually abolish the police department, three council members received private security detail, costing the City of Minneapolis tens of thousands of dollars. While they cited threats, the police, at the time did not have any public reports of threats against the council members.