Mayor Frey Gives Statement At Protest For Defunding MPD

Mayor Frey Gives Statement At Protest For Defunding MPD

Mayor Frey Provides Assertion At Protest For Defunding MPD

NOW, FROM MINNESOTA'S MOST-
WATCHED STATION, THIS IS WCCO 4
NEWS.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US,
I'M JEFF WAGNER.
MORE CALLS FOR MINNEAPOLIS
LEADERS TO DEFUND THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT, PROTESTERS HAVE
BEEN MARCHING ASKING MAYOR
JACOB FREY TO INVEST IN
COMMUNITY SAFETY MEASURES AND
WHEN HE SHOWED UP, HE DID NOT
GET A WARM WELCOME.
DAVID SHUMAN HAS BEEN WITH
PROTESTERS SINCE THEY STARTED.
HE JOINS US NOW WITH THE
LATEST.
DAVID?
Reporter: THERE WAS ALMOST 4
HOURS OF PISTOL PROCESSING AND
IT'S STARTING TO WRAP UP NOW ON
HENNEPIN AVENUE.
ALL AFTERNOON, THE MESSAGE WAS
NOT ONLY ABOUT DEFUNDING THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT, BUT
ABOLISHING IT.
SONGS WERE SUNG ABOUT PUTTING
MONEY INTO BLACK COMMUNITIES.
THEN MAYOR JACOB FREY WAS
SPOTTED IN THE CROWD AND
INVITED A FRIEND.
GO HOME, JACOB.
GO HOME.
Reporter: THE PROTEST
ORGANIZER ASKED HIM POINT
BLANK, YES OR NO WILL YOU
COMMIT TO DEFUNDING THE POLICE?
SHE SAID HIS REELECTION BID
NEXT YEAR DEPENDS ON THE AND
THE CROWD AGREED.
WHEN HE GAVE HIS ANSWER, THERE
WAS AN ERUPTION OF BOOZE AND
THOSE CHANCE FOR HIM TO GO
HOME.
HERE IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.
YOU ARE ASKING IF I WAS FOR
TWO REVISED A RACIST SYSTEM?
THE ASPECT OF YOUR ASKING
WHETHER I WILL DO EVERYTHING
POSSIBLE TO PUSH BACK ON THE
INHERENT EQUITIES THAT ARE
BUILT INTO THE ARCHITECTURE,
THE ANSWER IS YES.
IF YOU'RE ASKING WHETHER I AM
WILLING TO DO EVERYTHING I
POSSIBLY CAN THROW THE REST OF
MY TERM TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
POLICE UNIT, THE CONTRACT, THE
ARBITRATION SYSTEM AND SOME OF
THESE POLICIES THAT HAVE
RESULTED IN PROBLEMS
SPECIFICALLY FOR BLACK AND
BROWN PEOPLE OVER A SERIES OF
GENERATIONS, I AM ALL FOR THAT.
I AM NOT FOR ABOLISHING THE
ENTIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT, I
WILL BE HONEST ABOUT.
Reporter: THROUGHOUT THE
AFTERNOON, THE MARCH STOPPED
SEVERAL TIMES FOR DIFFERENT

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