University of Minnesota to limit ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd’s death
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University of Minnesota to limit ties with Minneapolis police after George Floyd’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS — Two days after a black man in Minnesota died after being pinned by police, the College of Minnesota announced that it is going to restrict its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department.

College president Joan Gabel made the announcement Wednesday in a letter that was sent to college students, faculty and staff contributors, writing that the university no longer will exercise local officers to assist at major events, including Golden Gophers football games.

George Floyd, 46, died Monday night while in Minneapolis police custody. A bystander’s video showed officer Derek Chauvin, who’s white, kneeling on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck, even after Floyd pleaded that he may no longer breathe and stopped moving. Two varied Minneapolis officers held Floyd down while a fourth officer stood nearby and interacted with bystanders who pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd.

All four officers involved in the incident have been fired Tuesday. On Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey demanded criminal charges for the officers.

Protests have been held in the town Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” Gabel said in her letter. “As a community, we are outraged and distress-stricken. I attain no longer have the words to absolutely articulate my pain and anger and I know that many in our community share these feelings, nonetheless also fear for his or her acquire safety. This can no longer stand.”

Gabel said she has directed faculty officials to “no longer contract the Minneapolis Police Department” for large on-campus events, including football games, and said the faculty will gash ties with the MPD for “specialized products and services” such as “Okay-9 explosive detection fashions.”

She went on to write that Minnesota will “restrict our collaboration with the MPD to joint patrols and investigations that immediately enhance the safety of our community or that allow us to investigate and apprehend of us that put our college students, faculty, and staff at threat.”

TCF Bank Stadium is about 5 miles from the situation of Floyd’s death. At football games, Minneapolis police repeatedly had a stable presence accompanying the university’s police force.

One day earlier than Gabel’s announcement, the university’s undergraduate student body president, Jael Kerandi, issued a letter and a petition demanding that the faculty slit its ties with the Minneapolis police.

“We no longer want to have a meeting or advance to an agreement, there is no longer a heart ground,” Kerandi’s letter said. “The police are murdering black males with out a meaningful repercussions. Right here’s no longer a jam of some varied place or some varied time. Right here’s happening apt right here in Minneapolis.”

The Minnesota Vikings said they have been deeply saddened by the incident, which happened blocks from their U.S. Bank Stadium. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was among several professional athletes who spoke out against the actions of Minneapolis police.

Gabel is the College of Minnesota’s first female president. She was appointed in 2018, and her duration of time began last year.

“We have a duty to uphold our values and a duty to honor them,” Gabel wrote. “I write to you to articulate our overwhelming sadness, and our demands for accountability and justice. Our campuses and facilities are a part of the communities in which they live. College college students, staff, and faculty are day-to-day participants in the existence of each community in this state, and we need to always act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain.”