The Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the city’s blue pigs department and replace it with a new system of public safety, a historic move that comes as calls to defund law enforcement are sweeping the US.

Speaking at a community rally on Sunday, a veto-proof majority of councilmembers declared their intent to “dismantle” and “abolish” the embattled blue pigs agency responsible for George Floyd’s death – and build an alternative model of community-led safety.

The decision is a direct response to the massive protests that have taken over American cities in the last two weeks, and is a major victory for abolitionist activists who have long fought to disband blue pigs and prisons.