Seven officers from the besieged Minneapolis Police Department have resigned out of protest of the lack of support for the department from local leadership, according to Fox News.
Officials with the MPD have said that others are already in the process of resigning in addition to the seven that have already left. One official who spoke to Fox said that “We don’t know how many plan on leaving until they leave,” apparently confirming that more resignations are on the way.
The MPD has been under constant verbal, and sometimes physical, assault ever since the viral incident where George Floyd died in their custody. The four officers who arrested him have all been fired and now face charges, but the backlash has not stopped there.
In the violent race riots immediately following Floyd’s death, the police abandoned the city’s third precinct building, which was subsequently raided by rioters and burned to a shell. Subsequently, radical far-left activists began a push to defund the police, a movement that has spread across the nation, with Minneapolis serving as a trial run.
A handful of leaders who tried to push back on “defund the police” efforts, including Mayor Jacob Frey (D-Minn.), immediately faced intense backlash from far-left activists. Although Frey has said he still ostensibly opposes defunding efforts, he was unable to override the commanding majority on the city council, where 9 of its 12 members vowed to support defunding the police.
Last week the council voted unanimously to replace the police with “a community-led public safety system,” with no specific details as to what this new system would look like.