Two members of the Minneapolis City Council backed-away from earlier calls to “Defund the Police” this week after major crime rates surged across the city just days after lawmakers slashed the department’s budget by $8 million.
“Two Minneapolis City Council Members are denying their involvement with the ‘defund the police’ movement just days after the council approved a budget that shifted approximately $8 million from the police department and months after they joined colleagues in calling for the dismantlement of the Minnesota city’s department,” reports Fox News.
“City Council Member Steve Fletcher rejected the idea that the council’s goal was to defund the police during a recent interview with local news station KSTP-TV – and instead said the budget cuts came as a result of the need to fund other programs,” adds Fox.
“‘Defund’ is not the framework the council has ever chosen,” Fletcher said during the interview.
“I think that it’s important to name that dismantle does not mean dismantle into nothing, it means dismantling what we currently have to build something new,” Cunningham told the station.
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