Ilhan Omar Pushes Plan to Replace Minneapolis Police Department with 'Peace Officers'
'The current system hasn't been serving our city for a long time'
Radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has thrown her support behind a campaign to replace the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) with an experimental Marxism-style "public safety department."
Far-left "Squad" member Omar has joined with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to scrap the MPD altogether and replace cops with "peace officers."
On the Minneapolis ballot for the Nov. 2 election, voters will be asked if they want the city’s charter to be amended to replace the MPD with a "Department of Public Safety."
Question 2 will ask voters if they support scraping the police and replacing them with "licensed peace officers (police officers) if necessary, with administrative authority to be consistent with other city departments to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety."
In an op-ed for the Star Tribune on Tuesday, Omar argues that the measure is a necessary step in ending police brutality.
She claims that the current law enforcement system is broken and that abolishing it, and replacing it with a Marxist-style system, will make communities safer.
"The truth is the current system hasn't been serving our city for a long time," she wrote Tuesday.
"I have long said we need a public safety system that is actually rooted in people's basic human needs."
Ellison tweeted that Minneapolis residents are eager for police reform and "accountability" after the murder of George Floyd in the same city last year.
"Fundamentally, communities across [Minneapolis] need & want the possibility for reform & accountability, which the current Charter blocks by locking us into an outdated model for law enforcement and safety," he wrote.
"They want to end the cycle of inaction.
"This year the residents of [Minneapolis] have asked for and can take that first step of action on the ballot.
"As a resident of [Minneapolis] where George Floyd’s murder sparked a national call for real reform, I will vote Yes for greater public safety & more human rights for all.
"#Yes4Minneapolis," he added.
The support from Omar and Ellison came days after Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, also Democrats, said they opposed the measure.
It would remove the requirement for Minneapolis to fund a police department with a minimum number of officers based on the city's population, the Star Tribune reported.