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Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council say they support disbanding the city’s police department.

It’s an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd’s death.

Nine of the council’s 12 members appeared with activists at a rally in a city park yesterday afternoon and vowed to end the department under the current system.

Minnesota launched a civil rights investigation of the department last week, and the first concrete changes came Friday when the city agreed to ban chokeholds and neck restraints.

A more complete remaking of the department is likely to unfold in coming months.