Appearing on CNN with Jake Tapper, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made it clear she supports calls to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.
“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” Rep. Ilhan Omar told Jake Tapper “No one is saying crimes will not be investigated.”
"You can't really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild," Rep. Ilhan Omar explains her calls to defund the police departments. "No one is saying crimes will not be investigated." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/t3q10iJv3C
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Per Insider, not all have supported such proposals. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, for example, was booed by a group of protestors after he said he did not support the defunding of the police department. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, has called for an increase in funding to reform police forces to reduce racism.
“Shame on you,” protestors chanted toward the mayor. “Go home, Jacob, go home.”
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday voted unanimously to pursue a community-led public safety system to replace the police department. According to the resolution, the city council will begin a year-long process involving “every willing community member in Minneapolis” to create a new model for public safety in the city.
Omar said in advocating for dismantling the city police force, she was also advocating for some other model to replace it.
“Nobody is saying that the community is not going to be kept safe,” she said. “Nobody is saying crime will not be investigated. No one is saying that we are not going to have proper response when community members are in danger.”
She added: “What we are saying is the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore, and we can’t go about creating a different process with the same infrastructure in place.”