Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council made a commitment to start the process of defunding and “dismantling” the police department, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told CNN on Sunday.
"We're committed to dismantling police as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community, a new model of public safety that actually keeps our communities safe," Bender said.
Bender said that with nine votes the group of city council members would have a veto proof majority among the 13 city council members.
Right now, Bender said she and other council members are hearing from their constituents that "right now, our police department is not making our community feel safe."
"And so our commitment is that every single member of our community have that safety and security that they need," she said, adding that council will work with the community over the next year to build that system.
When pressed for details on what the dismantling might look like, Bender told CNN’s Josh Campbell they would shift police funding for other needs and start a discussion of how to replace the current police department.
“The idea of having no police department is certainly not in the short term,” Bender said.
Bender's comments come after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed by protesters Saturday after he refused to defund and abolish the police.