November 08, 2017 10:26 PM
Jacob Frey will be the next mayor of Minneapolis. That was determined officially Wednesday when results of Tuesday's election were finalized.
Now, he said his first priority is mending wounds and building bridges throughout the city.
Frey will inherit a number of challenges when he takes office in January - including the community's relationship with the police department and a new police chief.
Frey calls the job the most fulfilling he could ask for. But he admits that Minneapolis is a very divided city right now.
"We've been a divided city in many respects," he said. "We've got division between cops and community, division between businesses and activists."
Throughout his campaign, Frey stressed police reform and public safety as top priorities. Specifically, he cited a "crisis of leadership from the mayor's office that has resulted in some of the worst community-police relations the city has experienced."
"Community policing needs to be more than just a catch phrase," Frey said Wednesday.
Some key areas of focus for Frey are enhanced beat system cops, more officers living in the city, standardized mental health services and use of force reform - including using body cameras.
"Safety is dependent on accountability and being able to trust our police force," Frey said.
"With a new mayor, there is at least the better opportunity for a fresh start," said Dave Bicking with Communities United Against Police Brutality.
Bicking said he is cautiously optimistic.
"We wish we could believe the public rhetoric," Bicking said.
Bicking said reform must start with holding officers accountable for their actions.
"If he follows some of the things in his public campaign platform, we would be very happy," Bicking said.
Not everyone cast their vote for Frey. But he hopes to soon gain everyone's respect and make strides in bringing the community together.
"We got a whole lot of work to do, I'm excited about it," Frey said.
Bob Kroll, the president of the Minneapolis Police Federation said in a statement:
"We have a good Chief with a good Command Staff in place. Our department is full of professionals that are very well trained. The Mayor needs to support them and let them do their jobs. I hope any changes he makes he does in consultation with the Command Staff and The Federation. I look forward to working with him to make the city a safer place"
KSTP reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department, but they have not yet provided a comment.
Updated: November 08, 2017 10:26 PM
Created: November 08, 2017 08:08 PM
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