MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey informed protesters throughout a Saturday demonstration within the metropolis the place George Floyd died by the hands of police that he didn’t assist the “full abolition” of the police division.
These attending the occasion organized by the native advocacy group Black Visions issued a plea to the mayor to defund the Minneapolis Police Division, the Star Tribune reported. The protest ended up exterior Frey’s house and he got here exterior to handle the gang.
After saying that he’d been “coming to grips with my very own accountability,” the Democratic mayor was requested whether or not he would defund the police drive.
“I do no assist the total abolition of the police division,” Frey informed the gang, including that he favored police reforms. He then left after being informed to take action.
The march was peaceable and featured a number of audio system, together with Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“The Minneapolis Police Division is rotten to the basis and so after we dismantle it, we do away with that most cancers and we enable for one thing lovely to rise,” Omar stated.
The demonstration was certainly one of many happening internationally Saturday to protest racism and police brutality. They have been sparked by the Could 25 demise of Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck whereas he was handcuffed and mendacity face down on the bottom.
The Minneapolis Metropolis Council voted Friday to ban cops from utilizing chokeholds and neck restraints.