Protesters Turn on Minneapolis Mayor for Refusing to Defund Police

A chorus of boos and chants of “go home Jacob” reverberated around the Minneapolis mayor on Saturday after Jacob Frey (D) said that he did not support demonstrators’ calls to defund the city’s police department.

The scene came as thousands packed the streets of Minneapolis to protest the police killings of George Floyd and other African Americans, and as calls grow for local leaders to defund, downsize or abolish police departments.

On Saturday, a group of demonstrators marched to Frey’s house and pushed for him to voice his opinion on the issue after he joined them outside.

In videos that spread quickly across social media, a protest organizer asked Frey whether he would commit to defunding the Minneapolis police department. The speaker noted that Frey’s reelection could hinge on his response before handing over a microphone.

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