Minneapolis Mayor Booed By Protesters After Refusing To Defund The Police | MSNBC

Minneapolis Mayor Booed By Protesters After Refusing To Defund The Police | MSNBC

Minneapolis Mayor Booed By Protesters After Refusing To Defund The Police | MSNBC

THE LAST FEW SECONDS WE HAVE
BEEN TALKING.
A
ALICIA
ALICIA.
>> THANK YOU.
>>> IN MINNESOTA, THE EPICENTER
OF THE NATIONWIDE PROTESTS OVER
GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH, THE
MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR RECEIVED A
STINGING REBUKE SATURDAY.
WHILE SPEAKING TO DEMONSTRATORS
ABOUT POLICE REFORM, MAYOR JACOB
FREY REFUSED TO CONDEMN THE
POLICE.
PROMPTING BOOS AND CHANTS FROM
THE CROWD. >> GO HOME!
>> GO HOME!
GO HOME!
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!
>> NBC’S SHAQUILLE BREWSTER
JOINS ME NOW FROM MINNEAPOLIS.
SHAQ, HAS THE MAYOR SAID
ANYTHING MORE ON HIS DECISION?
>> WELL, HE EXPLAINS HIS
DECISION AS HE DOESN’T SUPPORT
THE FULL ABOLISHMENT OR FULL
ABOLITION OR DEFUNDING OF THE
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
INSTEAD, WHAT HE SUPPORTS IS
REFORM FOR THAT DEPARTMENT.
HE WANTS TO GIVE THE NEW POLICE
CHIEF MORE TIME, MORE RESOURCES
TO BE ABLE TO REFORM, AND MORE
POWER TO REFORM THAT DEPARTMENT
INSTEAD OF JUST COMPLETELY
DEFUNDING IT.
YOU HEARD AND SAW IN THAT VIDEO
THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE
PROTESTERS THERE.
PROTESTERS WHO ARE GOING TO
CONTINUE TO BE OUT DOWNTOWN,
CALLING FOR THAT ABOLITION.
AND I WAS IN ST. PAUL YESTERDAY
IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNOR’S
MANSION WHERE YOU HAD ABOUT
1,000 PEOPLE THERE ALSO CALLING
FOR THE GOVERNOR AND ATTORNEY
GENERAL TO LOOK BACK AT CASES
NOT JUST THE GEORGE FLOYD
KILLING BUT GOING BACK FURTHER
BEYOND TO SEE CASES OF ALLEGED
POLICE BRUTALITY.
PEOPLE WANT TO ADDRESS THE
SYSTEMIC ISSUES INVOLVING
POLICING, AND THAT’S WHAT THE
ANGER IS THAT YOU’RE SEEING
THERE, AND THAT’S WHAT’S BEING
REFLECTED.
I CAN TELL YOU, HERE AT THE SITE
WHERE GEORGE FLOYD WAS KILLED,
YOU CONTINUE TO SEE A MORE
SOLEMN SCENE.
PEOPLE COME WITH THEIR FLOWERS,
WITH NOTES, COME WITH THEIR
FAMILIES FROM ALL ACROSS THE
STRAIGHT, AND FRANKLY, ALL
ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PAY THEIR
RESPECTS TO GEORGE FLOYD, AND
HERE YOU ALSO GET A SENSE OF
THAT ACTIVISM THAT YOU’RE
HEARING OUT ON THE STREETS.
LISTEN TO WHAT ONE GENTLEMAN
TOLD ME ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS TO
COME FROM THE DEATH OF GEORGE
FLOYD.
>> EVERYBODY SHOULD TAKE A STEP
FORWARD, NOT BACKWARDS.
AND PRESS ON BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT
IT’S GOING TO TAKE TO GET
CHANGE, AND EVERYBODY WANTS A
CHANGE.
THAT’S WHY THEY’RE HERE.
THAT’S WHY YOU SEE WHAT YOU SEE.
EVERYBODY IS LOOKING FOR A
CHANGE.
>> THAT CHANGE LOOKS A LITTLE
DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE.
IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENED
OVER THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS, WE
HAVE SEEN THAT BAN ON CHOKE
HOLDS AND STRANGLE HOLDS BY THE
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
THERE’S THAT DUTY TO REPORT THAT
OFFICERS HAVE IF THEY SEE
EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE, THEY
NEED TO REPORT AND INTERVENE.
YOU SAW THE CHARGES FOR THOSE
OFFICERS.
THERE IS CHANGE HAPPENING, BUT
WHAT PEOPLE SAY AND REMIND ME
OVER AND OVER AND THEY WANT TO
SEE THE SYSTEMIC ISSUES IN
POLICING, THEY WANT TO SEE THOSE
SYSTEMIC ISSUES ADDRESSED, AND
THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE STARTING TO
FEEL LIKE THEY’RE STARTING TO

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