Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey booed out of rally after refusing to defund police

WION Web Team
Minneapolis Published: Jun 08, 2020, 05:27 AM(IST)

Mayor Jacob Frey leaves after coming out of his home to speak during a demonstration calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to be defunded Photograph:( AFP )

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Protesters chanted 'Go home, Jacob, go home' as the video went viral as thousands of demonstrators continued to protest in the city against the alleged widespread racial bias in the police.

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey was jeered by protesters after he declared that he was against de-funding the police even as the death of George Floyd by a city policeman inflamed the nation.

Protesters chanted “Go home, Jacob, go home" as the video went viral as thousands of demonstrators continued to protest in the city against the alleged widespread racial bias in the police.

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Jacob, 38, had criticised the use of force in the death of Floyd amid calls from residents to de-fund the police. After the mayor came out to address the gathering local media channel caught him saying that he wanted “massive structural reform to revise a structurally racist system”  but added that “I’m not for abolishing the entire police department. I will be honest about that."

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The video showed the crowd erupting with anger.

A woman in the crowd reportedly gave the mike a mike to speak on the issue and when he refused to de-fund the police the protesters responded by saying “Go home, Jacob, go home!” and “Shame! Shame!”

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Amid angry scenes which swept the nation, the gruesome killing of Floyd caught on camera has led the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to end their relationship with the city police department.

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