Omar Defends Calls To Dismantle Minneapolis Police Department, ‘Rotten To The Root’



Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Sunday doubled down on her calls to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, calling it “rotten to the root.”

Omar made the comments during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” (SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO)

“A new way forward can’t be put in place if we have a department that is having a crisis of credibility, if we have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism, if we have a department that hasn’t solved half of the homicides,” Omar said. “And so, you can’t really form a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild.”

Omar’s comments came amid nationwide protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer late last month. The protests in turn have sparked debate about whether police departments should be defunded or reformed – leaving the question: what would be the alternative?

Minneapolis’ City Council members last week announced a veto-proof push to disband the city’s police department. On Friday, the council passed a resolution to start crafting a new model of public safety with the community’s input, without delving into many specifics.

“This is our opportunity, you know, as a city, to come together and have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that take place in our com… (Read more)


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