Many videos on social media show the confrontation, which took place when protesters marched on Frey’s house and demanded to leave, according to CNN WCCO-TV partner
. Protesters immediately asked Frey if he supported the removal of the Minneapolis police station.
When Frey replied that he did not, the crowd mocked 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, a spokesman for Frey said the mayor “undoubtedly committed to working with Chief (Medaria) Arradondo on deep structural reforms and eradicating systemic racism. He does not support the abolition of the police service”.
Frey told WCCO that he supports “mass structural reform” to revise a racist system and tackle “inherent inequalities.”
The confrontation between Frey and the protesters comes as thousands of people across the nation demand police reform and protest the death of unarmed African Americans, sometimes by law enforcement. The most recent deaths include George Floyd in Minneapolis, Brena Taylor in Louisville and Ahmed Aribe in Georgia.
The incident also comes a day after Frey signed a temporary restraining order with the state to impose immediate police reforms such as banning the use of chokeholds and demanding that the police chief approve the use of all crowd control weapons. WCCO reported