Several Minneapolis Candidates Say They Believe In A City Without Police Officers

The candidates answered a question about a city without police officers in a voter guide survey organized by a local activist group.

Minneapolis, MN - Several candidates for Minneapolis City Council and Mayor said in a local voter's guide that they can envision a city without police.

The question that the candidates were asked to reply to was "Do you believe that we could ever have a city without police?"

One of the survey's writers, Ashley Fairbanks, said she included the question because there is a belief that "the police system is rooted in white supremacy and therefore irredeemable", according to the Star Tribune .

The voter guide was compiled by the nonprofit group 'Voices for Racial Justice, an activist group that has as one of its slogans on its Facebook page, "no justice no peace."

The candidates and incumbents who answered the question 'yes' said that they do not plan to eliminate the police department.

They tried to clarify their answer and said "they were describing an ideal future in which inequality and racism are eliminated and government policy has solved many of the social problems now handled by police arresting and imprisoning people."

Fairbanks said that the voter guide has 17 questions including a candidate's favorite album and transportation infrastructure.

She said, "Police reform doesn't actually work. We need to radically re-imagine what policing will look like in our community."

Council candidate Phillipe Cunningham said that a city without police was a "utopian" idea but that the current focus should be police reform, and making police officers "better."

Other candidates also agreed with the idea of police reform.

Despite answering "yes," Council Member Alondra Cano said that she would like to see more police presence in her ward, and that the problems of "homelessness, commercial sex exploitation, and chemical dependency are societal issues."

She also said, "Then you start alleviating the pressure that a lot of police officers feel to address these very deeply rooted challenges in our community, which they themselves know they're not going to be able to solve."

In response to the question, two mayoral candidates, two incumbents, and five City Council candidates answered yes.

The City Council candidates were incumbent Lisa Bender; incumbent Alondra Cano; candidate Phillipe Cunningham; candidate Jeremiah Ellison; candidate Janne Flisrand; candidate Ginger Jentzen; and candidate Jeremy Schroeder.

The two mayoral candidates who answered yes were incumbent Council Member Jacob Frey and current state Rep. Ray Dehn.

Current Mayor Betsy Hodges and three mayoral candidates, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Al Flowers, and Aswar Rahman all answered the question 'no'. One candidate, Tom Hoch, did not complete the survey.

The reform needs to come from the people not the police. When people show greater love and respect for others, police will no longer be needed. As long as people kill, steal and cheat other people police will be a requirement. It's like saying greater gun control will solve the killing of people where it's really a social problem that costs people to kill others.

curly33, I think you would still need police even if everyone showed love and respect towards each other because each person has their own interpretation of what love and respect is. Keep in mind that there are people who could be radical in thought as well. After reading this article, this is a vision of a perfect world. That would be great if this were actually possibly, but the fact is, as humans, we are just not able to.

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While I dream of a world that will one day have peace, that world is far from this one and in a different time.

Can we say "anarchy"? Anarchy: a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority

works for me. Remove any and all first responder presence, then watch it unwind.

Two things people say when in trouble........oh God & wheres the police when you need them

If I lived there, I would be stocking up on ammunition. Hey city council, stock up on a good supply of body bags, you're gonna need them.

Say goodbye to Minneapolis. It will look like Raqqa and Mosul two weeks after police are disbanded

I think the Mall of America better close down and MOVE!!!!! No Police ???? I don't THINK SO!!!! what are they going to do if they have a wreck, robbery, domestic violence, MURDER...... That is going to be Ok with you??? Well, you better stay in the borders of your State and do not come out or you will have a RUDE awakening. You are all very Sick Peole and the rest of us will HAVE Law and ORDER.

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First of all, the police do not "reform" anyone. Quite obviously these people have forgotten their history lessons, especially regarding the role of the police officer in the criminal justice system. There are 3 distinct components of the criminal justice system; police, courts, and corrections. The role of the police officer is (first and foremost) to preserve the public peace. The courts determine guilt or innocence and the corrections system is where the "reform" is supposed to occur.

The police do, in a manner of speaking, present a sort of deterrence to crime because of the fear of being caught and incarcerated. Reform? No, that has never been the police officers responsibility.

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