The George Floyd’s death sparked outrage across the country after the video showed a Minneapolis policeman kneeling on the man’s neck as he struggled to breathe. It has also led the University of Minnesota to distance itself from the besieged police department.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel on Wednesday issued a letter to students, faculty and staff in which she ordered the school to no longer contract the Minneapolis Police Department for further support to the police. order at major events.
This includes football matches.
In addition, university police should no longer use the Minneapolis PD for “specialized services” at university events, detecting K-9 explosives.
The Gophers football team is scheduled to begin its season on September 3.
After Floyd’s death on Monday, a video posted by a passer-by showed an officer kneeling on the man’s neck unarmed and handcuffed. Floyd could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe until he got still.
The four police officers involved in Floyd’s death were made redundant on Tuesday, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has requested that criminal charges be laid against them. Floyd’s death sparked almost universal outrage, including heated protests in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota decision is one way the sports world sees the ripples of Floyd’s death. Athletes in all sports have expressed outrage at what is considered another unjust murder of a person of color by police, and reported it as additional justification for player protests seen in sport today.
Minnesota Vikings issued a carefully crafted statement on Wednesday bemoaning Floyd’s death, stating, “Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe.” “
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