University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel informed college students, school, and workers in a letter Wednesday the college won’t have Minneapolis Police Division officers at football video games and other giant events in the wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd earlier this week.
Gabel mentioned the college’s police officers will solely name on the town’s division for joint patrols and sure investigations.
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“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,” Gabel wrote.
“Immediately I’m saying two rapid adjustments concerning our relationship with MPD.
“First, I’ve directed Senior Vice President Brian Burnett to not contact the Minneapolis Police Division for further regulation enforcement assist wanted for giant events akin to football video games, live shows, and ceremonies.
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“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.”
Gabel wrote that she was aggrieved over watching the video in which a police officer knelt on the neck of Floyd whereas the person screamed for assist.
“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,” she added.
“My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with the loved ones and friends of George Floyd.”
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Gabel additionally tweeted Tuesday: “I am deeply saddened and angered by the news of George Floyd’s death. My heart goes out to his family and to everyone who is feeling the pain of this loss. I stand united with the community in demanding accountability and justice.”
The 4 officers concerned in Floyd’s death have been fired. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey referred to as for their arrests. The Justice Division introduced an investigation into Floyd’s death Thursday.