What is the future of Minneapolis

Minneapolis completely reorganizes police force

In the body there was agreement that the police authority was "not reformable", wrote the member Alondra Cano on Twitter. City council chairwoman Lisa Bender told CNN that Minneapolis should create a "new model of public safety" that "actually keeps our community safe." The past decades have shown that the police cannot be reformed. The city council will still discuss how the previous police authority is to be replaced.

The decision was made with nine of the 13 votes and, according to the New York Times, cannot be stopped with a veto. For many activists who have been calling for fundamental reform for years, this is a “turning point”. The announcement also corresponds to calls across the United States to rethink the tasks and actions of the police. During the protests, demonstrators had repeatedly chanted “defund the police”.

"Police-free future"

"We recognize that we do not have all the answers about what a police-less future will look like, but our community has it," the nine city council members stated in a statement read out to protesters, the Star Tribune newspaper reported (online edition). One now wants to talk to all residents who are willing to "how they imagine security".

According to the newspaper, several city council members indicated possible ways, for example that not the police, but social workers or rescue workers are sent to certain emergencies. At the weekend, the liberal mayor Jacob Frey had spoken out against a complete dissolution of the police.

Nationwide wave of protests against racism

The incident sparked nationwide protests in the United States and numerous demonstrations against police violence and racism in other countries, including Austria. The protests in the US continued on Sunday. They took place in New York and Washington, among others.

During the marches through the metropolises, the mood of the participants was mostly happy and had nothing in common with the riots full of anger and violence of the past two weeks. The reason for the change in mood is that the protesters' calls for police reforms were heard in Minneapolis and New York, among other places.

In New York on Sunday afternoon at least half a dozen loosely organized groups marched through Manhattan in bright sunshine. They carried hand-made signs that read: “Fund the schools, not the police” (“Defund the police, fund schools”).

Worldwide protests against racism

New York: Less money spent on policing

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously announced the lifting of the curfew on Sunday, a day earlier than planned. A number of reforms are now pending to rebuild trust between the city's residents and the police, said de Blasio. For this purpose, parts of the police budget are to flow into youth and social services in the future.

The prosecution of illegal street vendors will also no longer be in the hands of the police, as the regulations have often been misused in the past to discriminate against minorities, said the mayor.

Democrats present reform package to Congress

In Washington, African-American congressmen from the opposition Democrats announced that they wanted to bring a bill to the House of Representatives to increase police control on Monday.

Among other things, it provides that officials can be more easily prosecuted for brutal operations with fatal consequences. Detention techniques such as those that led to Floyd's death are also said to be banned. Furthermore, according to the legislative initiative, a database on police misconduct is to be set up.

Kneeling protest in front of the White House

In Washington on Sunday afternoon, according to reports on social networks, thousands of demonstrators knelt on the street in front of the White House and chanted "I cannot breathe". On the newly erected fence around the seat of government of US President Donald Trump, demonstrators put up signs reading, among other things, “Black Lives Matter” and “No justice, no peace”.

Trump wants to speak to police and security forces in the White House on Monday, but his presidential challenger Joe Biden will meet Floyd's family. A day before the funeral of the African American in Houston, Texas, Biden wants to meet the relatives for a conversation, reported several US media unanimously. But Biden will not attend the funeral himself on Tuesday.