Minneapolis push to dismantle police upends political campaigns
June 9, 2020
Hours after a majority of Minneapolis City Council members announced plans to dismantle the city's police department, the idea reverberated in campaigns from Minnesota to Washington.
President Donald Trump went on the attack Monday, his campaign calling on Democrats to denounce the "radical" move, which Republicans say will only create more chaos in cities already damaged by riots. "We're already seeing leading Democrats join this movement, and indeed it is consuming the entire Democrat Party, as the most extreme elements have the loudest voices and demand acquiescence," said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden responded immediately in a campaign statement saying that while there's "urgent need for reform," he does not support defunding the police. "He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain," Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.