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US Representative of Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has made it no secret that she wishes to push for the disbandment of the Minneapolis Police Department amid the wrongful death of George Floyd late last month.
She took to Twitter on Friday, tweeting: The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform. It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis. Thank you to @Mplsward3 for your leadership on this!"
And while it is unclear what Omar believes should take the place of the police department in her own state, she leaves us with simply reimagining the future of public safety.
Brian Fallon expressed the same views, tweeting: "Defund the police."
But there are others who have come up with an option they believe should take the place of law enforcement.
A writer for The New Republic, Alex Pareene, tweeted out his thoughts on the issue just days after the death of George Floyd: "They can't be reformed. Disband the MPD and every other big urban police department. Hire some detectives to investigate the serious crimes with actual victims, and social workers and civil servants for the other duties. Pay local bar bouncers and antifa to patrol neighborhoods."
However bizarre this solution may be, the general sentiment is shared by a growing number of people.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti communicated his intent to slash the police department's budget in his city by $100 to $150 million, and instead using that money in "reinvesting in black communities and communities of color."
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board decided to cut off its relationship with the city's police department Thursday, which stops park police responding to Police Department calls.
This idea has stretched all the way to Hollywood, with people like John Legend and Natalie Portman signing a letter to defund the police. These celebrities have also come under fire for defunding the police while maintaining their own private security.
Many others have pointed out that defunding the police would likely leave low-income communities more susceptible to unchecked crime.