Minneapolis Mayor: Floyd 'Killed at the Hands of the Police' No Matter the Verdict
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a press conference in Minneapolis on Aug. 1, 2020. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
By Brian Freeman | Tuesday, 20 April 2021 11:46 AM
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said George Floyd was killed "at the hands of the police," no matter what verdict is reached in the trial of the former cop charged in his death.
Frey's comments, reported by the Daily Caller and others, came during a Monday press conference while the jury continues its deliberations about Derek Chauvin's guilt.
Floyd's death in police custody in May 2020 went viral after bystander video showed Chauvin restraining the 46-year-old with his knee on his neck for several minutes. The prosecution says Chauvin caused Floyd's death while Chauvin's defense lawyer has argued Floyd died due to heart issues that were exacerbated by the presence of methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system.
"As we await the verdict, there are several inescapable truths," Frey, a Democrat, told reporters. "Over this last year, our twin cities have experienced a barrage of trauma, all culminating with this trial and then the verdict. There’s been pain and anguish, anguish and frustration that is undoubtedly acutely felt by our black and brown communities."
He added: "Regardless of the outcome of this trial, regardless of the decision made by the jury, there is one true reality, which is that George Floyd was killed at the hands of the police."
Members of the jury members began their deliberation on Monday and picked back up on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The former police officer has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Cities across the United States have been preparing for demonstrations following the decision of the jury, no matter what the verdict ends up being.
In Minneapolis, the city has spent almost $645,000 on fences and barriers to defend City Hall and five police precincts.
Thousands of Minnesota National Guard soldiers have joined law enforcement in standing guard, according to the Star Tribune.
TakeAction Minnesota, a statewide progressive organization, criticized the heavy military and law enforcement presence on the streets in preparation for any violence, with the group's public affairs director, Kenza Hadj-Moussa, arguing it has made the tension "1,000 times worse."
She stressed that the police and military buildup is "just compounding the trauma, especially with what Black Minnesotans are going through right now."
Frey emphasized that the heavy police presence on the streets was temporary.
"We will get through this together," he said.