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Minneapolis: 7 Cops Resign, 7 More in Process

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Members of the Minneapolis Police Department monitor a protest on June 11, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ( Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 15 June 2020 07:48 PM

At least seven Minneapolis police officers have resigned and seven more are in the process of doing so because of a lack of support and department-wide criticism from city and state officials following the death of a black man in police custody, the Minneapolis Star Tribune has reported.

The resignations, described by the Star Tribune as “an unusually large exodus” in a department of approximately 800 officers for the city of 430,000, follows protests after the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day and a state investigation as well as criticism from media and city officials who surrendered a police precinct. The precinct burned to the ground on national television.

It also comes after nine members of the 13-member city council announced a plan to disband the police force, although the city charter reportedly prohibits that.

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender has claimed she wants a "police-free society."

“Why should I stay?” retired Minneapolis police officer Mylan Masson said in summarizing the officers’ perspective. “They don’t feel appreciated. Everybody hates the police right now. I mean everybody.”

The paper said morale has fallen to “new lows,” according to anonymous police insiders, which added that several officers cited a lack of support from department leadership for leaving.

Although city spokesman Casper Hill confirmed the seven resignations, he did not cite motivations for the departures. But it could be only a portion of the exodus.

The Star Tribune said in an e-mail to supervisors earlier this month, a senior official said that some had simply walked off the job in protest.

“During this busy and trying time I have heard secondhand information that there have been employees that have advised their supervisors that they separated with the city (or quit) without completing paperwork,” Deputy Chief Henry Halvorson wrote.

A purpose of the email apparently was to make sure officers wishing to leave to contact the human resources department.

“We need to have the process completed to ensure that we know who is continuing to work,” he wrote.

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