The University of Minnesota has been limiting its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department since the death of George Floyd.
He said the president of the University of Minnesota, Joan Gabe, and his department would no longer contract the department for additional policing of major events or special services, including the first football game – he said. In a letter Sending students, faculty and staff.
“I do not have the full capacity to express my pain and anger, and I know that many in our community share these feelings, but also fear for their own protection,” Gabel wrote in the letter. “It won’t stand.”
Gable said police would no longer be used for events such as football games, concerts or other large campus events. Although the department will still rely on “joint patrols” and specific investigations.
“We will limit our cooperation with the MPD to joint patrols and investigations that directly increase the security of our community or allow us to investigate and arrest those who put our students, faculty and staff at risk.”
Floyd died in police custody after four officers forcibly arrested him on Monday, as a white officer was filmed on camera for a few minutes on the knees of the film’s neck as Floyd shouted, “I can’t breathe. Don’t hit me! “
The four officers involved in the arrests sparked outrage across the country after Floyd’s death. Protests erupted in Minneapolis when President Trump promised a “accelerated” federal investigation into the tragedy.
Gabel continued in his letter, “I am writing to you to express our overwhelming grief and our demands for accountability and justice.”
“My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with loved ones and friends of George Floyd.”