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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 27 June 2020

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Minneapolis has voted to shut down its police force. Picture: AFP Source:AFP

Minneapolis Cancels The Police Force.

The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously voted to change the city charter so their police force can be disbanded.

Following the death of George Floyd (African-American) by a police officer (Caucasian) in the city in May, protests, riots and looting broke out across the country.

Protests also took place around the world.

It what can only be described as a staggering move, rather than reform and improve the standards and procedures of the standing force, the disbanding of the Democrat-run city's police force will highly likely see the city descend into increased petty and major crime; as the city determines how best to manage replacing the force with something else entirely.

It will also likely see other Democrat-run cities attempt to follow suit.

Cancel culture cancels the police.

And it is only June.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 27 June 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES - Political/Security: George Floyd death: Minneapolis council votes unanimously to abolish city’s police department

FYSA: The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously voted to change the city charter, so that their police department can be dismantled. The extraordinary move is in response to the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white officer in the city last month, in a case that rocked the United States and sparked massive protests. Black Lives Matter demonstrations began in Minnesota and quickly spread across the country, still being held in multiple cities for the fourth week. Council members voted 12-0 to effectively abolish the police department. They propose establishing a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, instead of a police department. The new department “will have responsibility for public safety services prioritising a holistic, public health-oriented approach,” the council’s draft statement read. The boss of this new agency would have “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including … public health and/or restorative justice approaches”. (News.com.au. See link in heading)

2. UNITED STATES, CHINA - Security/Political: US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong security law

FYSA: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for undermining freedoms in Hong Kong. Mr Pompeo said the sanctions targeted "current and former" party officials. He said the move followed President Donald Trump's promise to punish Beijing over a proposed security law that could erode Hong Kong's autonomy. China said the US decision was a "mistake" that should be withdrawn. It comes just days ahead of a meeting of China's parliament. (BBC. See link in heading)

3. MEXICO - Security: Mexico City public security chief hurt in assassination attempt

FYSA: Mexico City's chief of police was shot and injured and two of his bodyguards killed in a dramatic assassination attempt early on Friday that he quickly blamed on one of Mexico's most powerful drug gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). The city's public security chief Omar Garcia Harfuch suffered three bullet wounds as he and bodyguards came under heavy fire in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood just before dawn. A third person, a woman apparently on her way to work, was also killed in the gunfire, city authorities said. Security camera footage shown on Mexican television showed a group of armed men getting off the back of a truck as well separate images of police moving towards heavy gunfire.(Al Jazeera. See link in heading)

4. UNITED KINGDOM - Security: Officer stabbed in Glasgow hotel attack named

FYSA: Constable David Whyte has been named as the police officer seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a Glasgow hotel. The 42-year-old is being treated in hospital and his condition has been described as "critical but stable". He was one of six people injured in the attack at the hotel, which is currently housing asylum seekers. The suspect was shot dead by police.​ (BBC. See link in heading)

5. UNITED KINGDOM - Security (Health): UK ditches quarantine for arrivals from low COVID-19 risk countries

FYSA: Britain will ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from countries it deems to be lower risk for COVID-19 , the government said on Friday. Official travel advice against all but essential travel outside Britain will also be eased for some countries and regions. Taken together, these changes will make it easier for Britons to travel abroad for summer holidays. The relaxations are the latest taken by the government to unwind emergency measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, as ministers look to limit the economic damage caused by the virus. An expert panel will put nations into three categories: green, amber and red. Passengers arriving from green and amber countries will no longer have to quarantine themselves for 14 days after their arrival. “Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world,” a government spokeswoman said. “But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge.” The rules for red-category countries will not change. (Reuters. See link in heading)

6. EUROPEAN UNION - Security (Health): EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded

FYSA: European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final “safe list” of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded. Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday. A redrawn text of 10-20 countries was put to them, but many said they needed to consult first with their governments, diplomats said. The list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat said. Discussions were continuing overnight, with the EU countries expected to give informal replies by Saturday evening, people familiar with the matter said. U.S. passengers may be allowed to travel if they meet certain conditions such as passing temperature checks, two U.S. officials said. (Reuters. See link in heading)

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