DML Lunch Alert: June 26
By DML News App
1. Council advances plan to dismantle Minneapolis Police Dept
ABC News reports: MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a radical proposal to change the city charter that would allow the police department to be dismantled, following mass public criticism of law enforcement over the killing of George Floyd.
The 12-0 vote is just the first step in a process that faces significant bureaucratic obstacles to make the November ballot, where the city’s voters would have the final say. And it came amid a spate of recent shootings in Minnesota’s largest city that have heightened many citizens’ concerns about talk of dismantling the department.
The Minneapolis force has come under heavy pressure since Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. Activists had long accused the department of being unable to change a racist and brutal culture, and earlier this month, a majority of the council proclaimed support for dismantling the department.
2. Here’s a bold way to hold politicians accountable
In a recent exclusive news broadcast to TeamDML.com subscribers, retired INS agent and TeamDML contributor Michael Cutler slammed Democrats for pushing to make it easier for police officers to be sued and said another group should be sued instead. “I’ll tell you who we should be able to sue – politicians!” he said. “Politicians who refuse to allow police to go out and do what needs to be done. Politicians who release criminals on the street should be able to be prosecuted…” WATCH:
3. Hillary Clinton mocks President Trump
During a town hall Thursday night, President Donald J. Trump was explaining that with increased testing for COVID-19, the US is seeing a surge in cases. His comment drew a response from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who Trump soundly defeated in the presidential race in 2016. Clinton tweeted, “Trump: ‘If we didn’t do testing, we’d have no cases.’ And if I don’t stick my hand out the window to feel the drops, it’s not raining.” Her tweet has over 10K likes.
4. Trump wants federal hiring to focus on skills over degrees
The Associated Press reports: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to direct the federal government to overhaul its hiring to prioritize a job applicant’s skills over a college degree, administration and industry officials say.
Trump is set to sign an executive order Friday outlining a new direction for the nation’s largest employer during a meeting of the board that advises the administration on worker policy.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, is co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and has worked on improving job training to meet employers’ changing needs.
5. Deborah blasts anthem change in comments about our latest poll
Friday’s DML Poll drew heated responses and impassioned commentary. In the poll, we asked about activists pushing to replace The Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem because it was written by slave owner Francis Scott Key. Some offered a potential replacement: John Lennon’s Imagine. One comment made in response stood out. Deborah wrote: “It is mind-boggling to me how it is that every letter, dot, dash, symbol or icon can so easily be usurped by a bunch of terrorists from this country that used to have a fighting spirit like no other to keep our sovereignty at all cost … Oh how proud our founding fathers, and dare I say mothers who got little credit for their sacrifices, of those they entrusted with such a great Republic. It seems certain that the authorities and officials who are supposed to represent and take on marauding terrorists — foreign or domestic — are not going to act in their oath. If we cannot properly squelch domestic terrorists, how the h**l would we ever stave off and conquer foreign insurgents in our soil?”