The sickening death of George Floyd – an African American killed after having the knee of a Minneapolis police officer placed on his neck for minutes – has triggered an outpouring of outrage and injustice across America and nowhere more than the city of Minnesota itself.
With rioting and looting immediately becoming widespread around the city in the wake of the horrendous incident, there is already proving to be an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the city’s police force.
This extends to the University of Minnesota, who have today confirmed that they will no longer use officers from the Minneapolis Police Department as security for football games and other major events.
University President Joan Gabel explained the decision in a letter to students and staff.
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.
“Today I am announcing two immediate changes regarding our relationship with MPD.”
“First, I have directed Senior Vice President Brian Burnett to no longer contact the Minneapolis Police Department for additional law enforcement support needed for large events such as football games, concerts, and ceremonies.”
“Second, I have directed University Police Chief Matt Clark to no longer use the Minneapolis Police Department when specialized services are needed for University events, such as K-9 Explosive detection units.
“I write to you to express our overwhelming sadness, and our demands for accountability and justice. Our Campuses and facilities are a part of the communities in which they reside. University students, staff, and faculty are day-to-day participants in the life of every community in this state, and we must act when our neighbors are harmed and in pain.
“My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of George Floyd.”
“Let our voices be heard and please take care.”
Four officers involved in the killing have been fired from the force and could be facing further criminal charges, with plenty of high profile celebrities and personalities calling for murder charges to be brought against Derek Chauvin, the cop in the video seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck.