May 26, 2020
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Speech Transcript After Minnesota Police Officer Kills Man
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey held an emotional press conference in which he condemned the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by a police officer in a disturbing video where Floyd said he could not breathe and the officer restrained him too long. Read his speech here.
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Mayor Jacob Frey: (00:03)
For the better part of the night, I’ve been trying to find the words to describe what happened. And all I keep coming back to is that he should not have died. What we saw was horrible, completely and utterly messed up. This man’s life matters. He matters. He was someone’s son, someone’s family member. He was someone’s friend. He was a human being, and his life mattered. Whatever the investigation reveals, it does not change the simple truth that he should be with us this morning. I believe what I saw, and what I saw was wrong at every level. This does not reflect the values that Chief Arradondo has worked tirelessly to instill. It does not represent the training we’ve invested in or the measures we’ve taken to ensure accountability. Being black in America should not be a death sentence.
Mayor Jacob Frey: (01:45)
For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th this last night is simply awful. It was traumatic, and it serves as a clear reminder of just how far we have to go. To the black community, to the family, I’m so sorry.