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The Minneapolis police set off violent protests throughout the city after officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, kneeling on his neck for nine minutes. In response to the protests, Minneapolis cops let off a barrage of tear gas, pepper spray and less-lethal kinetic rounds—sometimes at point-blank. Many protesters say the community has lost all trust and faith in the police. They have utterly failed at their job and ought to be disbanded. 

Disbanding a police department is a radical, but entirely possible, idea. Camden, New Jersey, a historically violent city, disbanded its police department and was able to drive down crime rates. Disbanding the Minneapolis police would give the city a new start and give people a chance to heal. However, police tend to occupy a vaunted status within American society. Traditionally, people defend police by arguing they have difficult jobs that often ask officers to put their lives on the line to protect others. From this perspective, disbanding the police would only make things worse.

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The argument is simple: the Minneapolis Police Department has fundamentally lost the city's trust by killing George Floyd, brutalizing the protests calling for justice for Floyd, and then letting protesters and rioters loot and burn down businesses across the city. There's no going back from that. 

Disbanding the police has actually done before, and successfully. The city of Camden, New Jersey voted to disband their police department in 2012 and created a new one.The city saw a decline in crime as a result. It's a proven strategy to reform the police and regain the pubic's trust. 

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Some offer an alternative solution: instead of disbanding entirely, the state of Minnesota could take over the Minneapolis Police Department. Alternatively, the department could merge with the Hennepin County sheriff's office. As MinnPost's David Schultz explains: 

Solution one is a takeover of the Minneapolis Police Department by the state of Minnesota. This probably would require legislation altering or pre-empting home rule authority of the city.
Solution two is disbanding the department entirely and letting the Hennepin County sheriff perform public safety functions in Minneapolis. A variation of that is merging the Minneapolis Police Department into the sheriff’s office or putting the former under some type of receivership with another jurisdiction. 

Many people feel there is no going back. The Minneapolis police are not capable of doing their jobs. 

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While it's an unpopular opinion right now, some people stand by the police, arguing that they are what keeps society from sliding into lawlessness. They are the ones who put their lives on the line to protect others and maintain order. 

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