Multiple videos on social media show the confrontation that occurred when protesters marched to Fry’s house and invited him out, according to CNN Affiliate WCCO-TV
. The protesters asked Fry directly if he supported financing the Minneapolis Police Department.
When Fry replied that he had not done, the crowd mocked him as he left. They also chanted “Going home, Jacob, Going home” and “Shame,” according to Post the video to Twitter
In a statement to CNN, Fry’s spokesman said that the mayor “does not waver in his commitment to work with the chief (field) of Arradondo for deep structural reforms and uprooting systemic racism. He does not support the abolition of the police station.”
Fry told the World Customs Organization that he supported “massive structural reform” to review the racist system and address “inherent inequalities”.
The standoff between Fry and the demonstrators comes as thousands of people across the country are calling for police reform and protest against the death of unarmed African Americans, sometimes through law enforcement. Recent deaths include George Floyd in Minneapolis, Bruna Taylor in Louisville and Ahmed Arberry in Georgia.
The incident also comes a day after Fry signed a temporary restraining order with the state to impose immediate police reforms like banning the use of bottlenecks and requiring the police chief to authorize the use of all crowd control weapons, According to the World Customs Organization