Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) on Thursday appeared to justify the riots in his city by claiming the anger shown was “not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”
While making the statement, Frey also acted like he was crying:
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the anger over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, by a white police officer goes back '400 years' https://t.co/vcnpnPxHji pic.twitter.com/he6IudKVFP
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 28, 2020
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey choked back tears on Thursday and told protesters who were decrying the police-involved death of George Floyd that their anger was “not only understandable, it’s right.”
The mayor’s eyes appeared red from tears as, just a few miles away, firefighters were still dousing flames from protests that turned violent overnight, demonstrations that erupted after Floyd’s death in police custody on Monday.
“What we’ve seen over the last two days … is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness,” he told reporters. “Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”
I guess the big screen TVs we saw looted were a form of reparations?
This will sure make the police treat them with more respect. 🤡 pic.twitter.com/jSxtfAM9c4
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 28, 2020
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A six-story, 190-unit $30 million affordable housing project under construction in Minneapolis was one of the buildings that was burned to the ground.
— sav✨ (@savygirl_21) May 28, 2020
During the same press conference, Minneapolis City Council VP Andrea Jenkins called on colleagues “to declare a state of emergency declaring racism as a public health issue.”
“Until we name this virus, this disease that has infected America for the past 400 years, we will never, ever resolve this issue,” Jenkins said.
Minneapolis City Council VP Andrea Jenkins:
“I am asking my colleagues … to declare a state of emergency declaring racism as a public health issue. Until we name this virus, this disease that has infected America for the past 400 years, we will never, ever resolve this issue." pic.twitter.com/2MIz8IDOGm
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 28, 2020
As I reported last night, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) put out a similar statement to Frey’s, tweeting that “our anger is just” and “our anger is warranted.”
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