UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WITHDRAWS CONTRACT WITH MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT
The University of Minnesota has announced that it would no longer contact the Minneapolis Police Department to provide security efforts for their large events and concerts.
The University made the announcement in a press statement sent to students, faculty, and staff, by its President, Joan Gabel,
This comes after an MPD officer killed George Floyd by keeping his knee on Floyd's neck until he lost consciousness.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. As protests broke out across the State, the University also decided to take a stand against police brutality.
Although the four police officers involved in the incident were immediately fired, thousands of US citizens have demanded that they are held accountable for the victim's needless death and charged for murder.
"This will not stand," President Joan Gabel wrote in the message. "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.
"We 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," Gabel added.
The statements followed the shock and anger that poured through communities across the country as video of Floyd's last moments alive began circulating on social media. The 46-year-old unarmed man was handcuffed and on the ground as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe while a police officer held him down with a knee on his neck. Three others were also at the scene.