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In a battered Minneapolis, Mayor Frey comes to grips with 'my own failures'


Victor J. Blue • New York Times

Protesters marching in support of defunding police responded with "shame, shame, shame" when Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told them he didn't favor abolishing the department.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey thought he was facing the greatest challenge of his career: a global pandemic that threatened businesses and families as the city's coffers dried up.

Then, on Memorial Day, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police. Large areas of the city went up in flames, a police precinct fell to rioters and people had to protect themselves as law and order vanished from the streets.

Gone were the days when there was time to craft each policy proposal and each message. Now, still in his first term, Frey was forced to make split-second decisions as he faced a series of challenges unlike any other mayor in generations.


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