Minneapolis city council pledges to defund police; editors at major papers step down; NYC lifts curfew

The Minneapolis City Council took a major step Sunday toward making radical changes in the city’s beleaguered police department, as a super majority publicly expressed support for disbanding the force.

Earlier Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled New York’s curfew following a day when cities across the nation saw massive, peaceful demonstrations against racism and police brutality. 

“We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately,” de Blasio tweeted. “Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city.”

Also Sunday, President Donald Trump pulled the National Guard out of Washington, saying they were no longer needed. Thousands of protesters marched downtown in the city Saturday for the ninth – and by far the largest – day of demonstrations demanding justice for black victims of police misconduct.

The protests began after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, the African-American man who passed away after a white Minneapolis police officer

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