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The city of Asheville, North Carolina becomes the first city in America to approve reparations for the descendants of African slaves.

Officials apologized for the city's historic role in slavery and discrimination after the City Council voted unanimously to provide reparations to Black citizens on Tuesday.

"Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," said Councilman Keith Young, one of two Black council members and the chief architect of the resolution.

"It is simply not enough to remove statues. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature," Young said.

The resolution will not provide direct cash payments but it will mandate investments in areas where Black people face disparities, such as home ownership.

Black people will be given the same priorities as whites for bank loans to increase minority business and homeownership, CBS News reports.

The resolution will also close gaps in health care, education and pay for Black people.

The vote comes a month after thousands of protesters called for the Asheville Police Department to be defunded in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
 

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The Minneapolis City Council is holding an emergency meeting to "dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."

The emergency meeting comes after nearly 2 weeks of civil unrest and looting in south Minneapolis and surrounding areas in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.

Four police officers are in jail awaiting trial on murder charges in connection with Floyd's death.

On Thursday, City Council member Jeremiah Ellison tweeted: "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. And when we're done, we're not simply gonna glue it back together. We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response. It's really past due."

City Council member Lisa Bender added: "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety."

The emergency meeting began at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5. City Council members are set to vote on immediate changes to the police force including removing the police force and replacing it with a community-based, non-violent neighborhood watch group.

The City Council on Friday voted to ban police choke holds. Police officers are required to intervene when they observe inappropriate use of force being used on a suspect.