Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council have announced the intention to defund and dismantle the city police department, CNN reports.

“We committed to dismantling policing as we know it in the city of Minneapolis and to rebuild with our community a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe,” Council President Lisa Bender said.

The decision was made in recognition that the current system of policing is flawed.

“(We need) to listen, especially to our black leaders, to our communities of color, for whom policing is not working and to really let the solutions lie in our community,” she added.

The funding for the police that would not be in existence would then go toward community-based strategies. A replacement for the police department is still up in the air. “The idea of having no police department is certainly not in the short time,” she said.

Bender earlier in the week stated she intended to push the call for dismantling.

A spokesperson for the mayor issued a statement stating the mayor is “unwavering in his commitment to working with Chief (Medaria) Arradondo toward deep structural reforms and uprooting systemic racism.”