Ilhan Omar Reiterates Call For Minneapolis Police Department to be Dismantled And Replaced

Minneapolis House Rep Ilhan Omar reiterated her call for the Minneapolis Police Department to be dismantled and replaced. She appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper today.

He asked, “You have talked about the dismantling, the need to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. What takes its place, and — if you could just decree what takes its place? Who investigates crimes? Who arrests criminals? What happens?”

She responded that she believes “What we are saying is, the current infrastructure that exists as policing in our city should not exist anymore. And we can’t go about creating a different process with the same infrastructure in place. And so dismantling it, and then looking at what funding priorities should look like as we re-imagine a new way forward is what needs to happen.”

Rep. @Ilhan Omar on efforts to defund the police: “What we are saying is that the *current infrastructure* that exists as policing … should not exist anymore.”

After the riots that occurred in Atlanta last night, she tweeted out earlier this morning that, “It’s never been about failure to obey police orders.” The video that she shared showed a police officer fighting with a suspect who was white and it appeared that he tried to deescalate the situation until it spiraled out of control.