Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called for peace Thursday as violent protests over the death of George Floyd shook the city — saying it’s what the late 46-year-old father would have wanted.
“He was all about love, and all about peace. He did not receive that love and peace from our officers on the night of May 25. But we can still honor him by practicing those values during a time of great strife,” Frey said at a press conference.
Floyd, who was black, is seen on a viral video being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer, and yelling, “I can’t breathe” before he died Monday.
Protests have erupted across the city over the incident, with demonstrators looting a Target and lighting fires across the city that damaged several buildings. During one protest, a man was fatally shot outside a pawn shop, according to police.
On Thursday, Frey — who has called for the officer who killed Floyd, Derek Chauvin, to be charged — urged residents to find “an awakened peace” in their hearts over the tragedy.
“At this time when one crisis is sandwiched against another … this could be a point in time when can look back and [and say] we rose to right the wrongs of the past, not just with words but with action,” he said.