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Police back off as peaceful protests push deep reforms

Minneapolis City Council members announce intent to disband police department
Posted at 1:09 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 02:09:27-04

Calls for deep police reforms gained momentum as leaders in the city where George Floyd died pushed to dismantle the entire department.

Floyd's death sparked nationwide protests demanding a reckoning with institutional racism that have sometimes resulted in clashes with police, but many officers took a less aggressive stance over the weekend when demonstrations were overwhelmingly peaceful.

Two weeks after George Floyd, a black man, died after a white officer pressed a knee on his neck for several minutes, a majority of the Minneapolis City Council vowed to scrap the 800-member agency.

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