Should the Minneapolis Police Department be disbanded? | The Tylt
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.
Should the Minneapolis Police Department be disbanded?
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