U. of Minnesota Curbing Ties to Minneapolis Police

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The University of Minnesota has announced it will no longer use Minneapolis Police Department officers to assist university police with security at major campus events, including football games.

The announcement came from university president Joan Gabel in a letter to students, faculty and staff Wednesday, two days after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died at the hands of white MPD officers roughly five miles from TCF Bank Stadium on the U of M campus in Minneapolis. One officer, Derek Chauvin, was caught on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes as Floyd is heard stating that he couldn't breathe. Three additional officers on the scene did nothing to stop Chauvin or assist Floyd.

All four officers involved in the incident were fired Tuesday. On Wednesday, Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey demanded criminal charges for the officers.

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