Funders such as the University of Minnesota say have cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department as widespread violent riots, looting, burning of shops, and police station continue in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the wake of the death of George Floyd earlier this week.
The university says they will be making immediate changes to their relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department which was responsible for the death of the 46-year-old George Floyd. Cancelling contracts with the Police Department will see the Police Department defunded.
In the official letter, the University president, Dr. Joan Gabel announced the cancellation of the multimillion-dollar security contract for concerts, events, and lectures.
The University of Minnesota says that they are cutting some ties with the Minneapolis Police Department, in the wake of the death of George Floyd earlier this week. | https://t.co/gQnUkFS4RV pic.twitter.com/mSR4VGiusD
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) May 28, 2020
This comes after horrifying videos of George Floyd being killed during an arrest by four police officers went viral in America spiking a massive protest from people who believe this was racially motivated.
Violent Riots And Looting
For the past two days, the city of Minneapolis in Minnesota has witnessed violent riots and demonstrations, in which demonstrators smashed police cars, looted supermarkets and burned down buildings in protest against the death of George Floyd, an African-American man after he was subjected to violent treatment by policemen.
One of the Police department alleged funder – Target supermarket was violently targeted by protesters for supporting the department and because it wouldn’t sell milk to tear-gassed protestors.
THEY BURNED THE TARGET DOWN pic.twitter.com/TGmSE29JW1
— hisoka🃏 (@keatxngrant) May 28, 2020
The fire at AutoZone seems to have started back up; there are least five separate fires going, of varying sizes. pic.twitter.com/rTuzaG6g6k
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) May 28, 2020
US Police brutality against African-Americans dates back in time immemorial and has seen its peak in recent years, hundreds of years after the Slave trade was abolished. This has forced some to demand an executive order that announces a state of emergency for the protection of all African-Americans in the US.