After Minneapolis members of the Black Lives Matter protest movement shut down Interstate 35 Wednesday morning by demonstrating in the middle of the highway, the group released a statement saying their goal was to dismantle and disband the police department.
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis announced in a Facebook post that they were acting to draw attention to the shooting death of Philando Castile at the hands of a Minnesota police officer, the aftermath of which was caught on camera. “The coalition condemns this violence and believes this shut down reinforces our belief that comfort and business as usual must be disrupted until substantive changes occur in our city and throughout the country,” the post reads.
“This group demands the dismantling of the police department, which includes disarming, defunding, demilitarizing, and disbanding police,” the post continues. “We believe that security for all of us does not lie in use of aggression and force.”
Real security, they argue, “occurs when all of us have meaningful employment, educational opportunities that help us pursue our own life choices and the adequate healthcare needed to live fruitfully.”
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