University of Minnesota Cuts Ties With Minneapolis Police Department After Death Of George Floyd

The University of Minnesota has cut ties with the city’s police department in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis cop who had knelt on his neck.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, University of Minnesota’s president, Joan Gabel issued a decree saying the University will “no longer contract with the Minneapolis Police Department for additional law enforcement support” and it will not use the police department for “specialized services needed for university events.”

Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” she added.

“As a community, we are outraged and grief-stricken. I do not have the words to fully express my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share those feelings, but also fear for their own safety. This will not stand.”

Gabel also noted that the school will “limit our collaboration with the MPD to joint patrols and investigations that directly enhance the safety of our community or that allow us to investigate and apprehend those who put our students, faculty, and staff at risk.”

“We have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them. I write to you to express our overwhelming sadness, and our demands for accountability and justice. Our campuses and facilities are a part of the communities in which they reside. 

She added in the letter;

University students, staff, and faculty are day-to-day participants in the life of every community in this state, and we must act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain.”

George Floyd, 46, an African-American man died in the custody of Minneapolis police on Monday, May 25, after a white police officer as filmed in a viral video, knelt on his neck. The cop ignored him even as he complained about not being able to breathe and he died shortly after.

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