We have all been following the national protests regarding systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. Last week, nine out of 12 members of the Minneapolis City Council – a veto-proof majority – announced that they support dismantling the city’s police department. Lisa Bender, the council president, said, “our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.” She added that the council members are committed “to end policing as we know it and recreate systems that actually keep us safe.”

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