Multiple videos on social media show the clash that occurred when protesters entered Frey’s home and called for him to come out, according to CNN branch WCCO-TV, Protesters directly asked Frey if he supported the defense of the Minneapolis Police Department.
When Frey told him no, the crowd hugged him as he left. They also shouted “Go home, Jacob, go home” and “shame”, according to video posted on Twitter.
In a statement to CNN, Freya’s spokesman said the mayor “is unwaveringly committed to working with Chief (Medaria) Arradondo on deep structural reforms and eradicating systemic racism. He does not support the abolition of the police department.”
Frey told WCCO he supported “massive structural reform” to revise the racist system and address “innate inequalities.”
Clashes between Frey and protesters erupt as thousands of people across the country call for police reform and protest the deaths of unarmed African Americans, sometimes by police. Recent deaths include George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.
The incident also comes a day after Frey signed a temporary restraining order with the state to carry out immediate police reforms such as a ban on the use of congestion and a request from the police chief to authorize the use of all weapons to control the crowd, WCCO reported.
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