After turbulent times, Minneapolis mayor seeks 2nd term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor who found himself in the middle of turbulent times that included violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd said Thursday he is running for reelection.

Jacob Frey said his efforts to change police policies, increase affordable housing and create a more inclusive economy warrant a second four-year term. He said he stood up to pressure to dismantle the police department and instead worked with the police chief to revise the department’s body camera policy, shift department culture and ban warrior-style training.

“Over the last four years, we’ve confronted opportunity and hardship together,” Frey said in a statement. “We’ve also faced unprecedented challenges and calls for necessary structural change."

Frey was called upon to manage two major events in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic that began gaining steam in March and the protests following the death of Floyd on May 25. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

Some blamed Frey and Gov. Tim Walz for waiting too long to to bring in the National Guard to help as the city, including the Third Precinct police headquarters, was raided and burned. Frey and Walz responded by criticizing each other.

Frey in June was booed and jeered by activists asking to defund the police.