Mayor Frey Says George Floyd Would Be Alive ‘If He Were White,’ Calls Incident Murder

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he thinks George Floyd was murdered and claimed Floyd “would be alive today if he were white.”

Video from the tragic Monday night incident shows a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a handcuffed Floyd, who repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after he was taken into custody.

In an interview aired Thursday morning, Frey told CBS that the arresting officer, Derek Chauvin, “killed someone.”

“I do,” Frey said in response to whether or not he thinks Floyd was murdered. “I’m not a prosecutor, but let me be clear: the arresting officer killed someone.”

“He’d be alive today if he were white,” he added. “The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.”

During a Wednesday press conference, Mayor Frey called on the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to pursue charges against Chauvin, who was fired Tuesday along with the three other Minneapolis police officers involved in the incident.

“I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey said. “If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.”

“I cannot come up with a good answer to that question, and so I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to act on the evidence before him, I’m calling on him to charge the arresting officer in this case,” he added.

Frey asked Gov. Tim Walz to send in the National Guard late Wednesday after rioters looted stores and burned down buildings in a night of destruction that left south Minneapolis in ruins.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Jacob Frey” by CBS This Morning.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Thoughts to “Mayor Frey Says George Floyd Would Be Alive ‘If He Were White,’ Calls Incident Murder”

  1. Chris

    I’m sure their mayor just condemned it so his ass doesn’t get dragged into the street and hung but the mayor could probably care less. I’m certain the “media” is purposely leaving details out. Is anyone asking why Floyd was detained? In most scenarios I’m sure the man didn’t deserve to die and kneeling on someone’s neck for 10 min is certainly not right but why is no one asking for more information before burning down their own community?

  2. J Taylor

    Mayor should keep his opinions to himself and allow Law Enforcement to do their job. Federal law enforcement has been called it. The Mayor is just stirring the pot of Riots and Hostility with his opinion.

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