Denver city council members shot down a proposal 11-1 on Monday night to replace the Denver Police Department with a newly-appointed Peace Force.
Had the bill passed, it would have ended up on the November ballot.
It was introduced by Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, who said the Peace Force would prioritize a “holistic, anti-racist, public health-oriented approach to public safety.”
The majority of speakers during the public comment period of the city council meeting, addressed the proposed Department of Peacekeeping Services, all of whom spoke in favor of putting it on the ballot.
“Violence is woven in to the fabric of our police uniforms. To stop police violence, we have to rebuild the whole system,” said one woman.