The Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the Minneapolis police department and replace it with a new system of public safety.
The historic move comes as calls to defund law enforcement are sweeping the US following the killing of George Floyd and other black people who died due to police brutality.
Speaking at a community rally on Sunday, June 7, a majority of councilmembers declared their intent to “dismantle” and “abolish” the Minneapolis police department responsible for George Floyd’s death and build an alternative model of community-led safety.
The decision is a direct response to the massive protests that have been taking place in American cities in the last two weeks. It is also a major victory for abolitionist activists who have long fought to disband police and prisons.
Speaking at the event, Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis city council president, said: “In Minneapolis and in cities across the US, it is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period. Our commitment is to do what’s necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth: that the Minneapolis police are not doing that. Our commitment is to end policing as we know it and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”
“This is a moment that’s going to go down in history as a landmark in the police and prison abolition movement,” said Tony Williams, a member of MPD150, a Minneapolis group whose literature on building a “police-free future”” has been widely shared during the protests. “There’s a groundswell of support for this. People are grounded in the history of policing in a way that has never happened before. It’s visible that police are not able to create safety for communities.”
According to The Guardian, the councilmembers are expected to face opposition from law enforcement officials and the police union, though activists emphasize that the veto-proof majority has the authority to move forward regardless of opposition.
On Saturday, June 6, Minneapolis mayor, Jacob Frey, was booed at a demonstration when he wouldn’t commit to abolishing the police. Protesters shouted, “Go home, Jacob!” and “Shame!” until he left.
See The Gargantuan Amount Hushpuppi Pays As Rent For His Versace Palazzo Flat
Ramon Abbas better known as Hushpuppi has reportedly been denied bail despite his accredited lawyer, Gal Pissetzky has claimed that his client pays for his expenditures from a legit work.
The lawyers of the Gucci Master disclosed that he pays $10,000 monthly rent on his luxurious Dubai flat with the benefits of his job as an Instagram celebrity. The US prosecutors however denied Hushpuppi bail after his lawyers applied for him to depart jail and live with the uncle of a woman he has a child with.
His lawyers said; “He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity.
“I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.
“Anywhere he goes, people will know. Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram.
“He is an influencer. That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”
‘Didn’t They Tell You About Me?’ : Man Asks Snake After He Killed It With His Bare Hands | WATCH
A Nigerian man’s exhibition of bravado has impressed the internet community. A snake slithered into his room one cold night and the man, who obviously was not shaken, caught it with his bare hands and killed it.
Prior to that, there was a brief drama between the snake and the man which is equally interesting. He asked the snake if it wasn’t told bout him before he crawled into his house. He posted the video with the caption: ‘Killed this useless snake in my room this morning!!!Rubbish !!!!!!”
He went on to advise people to be cautious of their environment because snakes are more active in the raining seasons. ‘Guys this is snake season!!! Please be cautious about your environment, as, for me, I hate snakes naturally, I always want to kill Dem,’ he wrote.
Hushpuppi’s Associate, Woodberry Hires Top Chicago Lawyer
Woodberry, who was arrested along with Hushpuppi, has hired a top lawyer who is based in Chicago, Michael Nash, to defend him over fraudulent charges leveled against him.
The 29-year-old is currently in Nigerian along with his close pal, Hushpuppi standing trial for multiple fraud charges. They were arrested in Dubai on June and extradited to America early this month.
According to Premium Times, Woodberry has in for someone whom he trust can defend him very in court which will lead to his release. Mr Nash is said to have Attorney Appearance form for Woodberry on July 8.
Mr Nash specializes in Criminal Defense and has a wealth of experience having been practicing for the past 55 years.
His first major task will be to secure bail for Woodberry when they appear in court on Thursday.
Woodberry is facing charges bordering on wire fraud Conspiracy at a United States District Court sitting in Illinois. If found guilty he will spend the next 20-30 years in jail.
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