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MSNBC 28 May 2020

'We're Reeling. We're In Deep Pain.': Minneapolis City Council VP

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Andrea Jenkins, vice president of the Minneapolis City Council, talks with Rachel Maddow about the pain and frustration the people of Minneapolis seek justice for the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of police. Aired on 5/28/2020.


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AND WE WILL BE COMING BACK TO
YOU IN COMING DAYS AS THIS
DEVELOPS.
THANKS AGAIN.
>>> MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR JACOB FREY
WAS JOINED AT HIS PRESS
CONFERENCE TODAY, IN A VERY
DRAMATIC MOMENT BY THE VICE
PRESIDENT OF THE MINNEAPOLIS
CITY COUNCIL.
HER NAME IS ANDREA JENKINS.
AND WHEN SHE STEPPED UP TO THE
MICROPHONE TODAY WITH THE MAYOR
AT THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED.
IS WHAT HAPPENED.
IT WAS A VERY, VERY DRAMATIC MOMENT.
♪ AMAZING GRACE ♪
♪ HOW WEET IS THE SOUND -- ♪ ♪ HOW SWEET IS THE SOUND ♪
♪ HOW SWEET IS THE SOUND ♪
♪ THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME.
>> WE FEEL AS IF THERE WAS A
KNEE ON ALL OF OUR COLLECTIVE
NECKS.
A KNEE THAT SAYS BLACK LIFE DOES
NOT MATTER.
TO THE INSTITUTIONS THAT DICTATE
WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS CULTURE AND
SOCIETY.
I AM A PART OF THIS SYSTEM TO
HELP TO TAKE THAT KNEE OFF OF
OUR NECKS.
>> SHE IS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF
THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL,
ANDREA JENKINS, MS. JENKINS IS
THE NATION’S FIRST OPENLY
TRANSGENDER BLACK WOMAN ELECTED
TO PUBLIC OFFICE.
SHE HAS SAID THAT SHE BELIEVES
MINNESOTA HAS SOME OF THE WORST
RACIAL DISPARITIES IN THE
COUNTRY.
AND THAT IS WHY SHE SAYS SHE
SOUGHT PUBLIC OFFICE, TO TRY TO
HELP CHANGE THAT.
NOW IN THE WAKE OF GEORGE
FLOYD’S DEATH, AND THE COMMUNITY
GRIEF AND OUTRAGE, ANDREA
JENKINS IS CALLING ON STATE AND
LOCAL OFFICIALS TO DECLARE
RACISM A PUBLIC HEALTH
EMERGENCY.
JOINING US NOW IS ANDREA
JENKINS, MINNEAPOLIS CITY
COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT.
MS. JENKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR BEING HERE, I KNOW IT IS A
WHIRLWIND RIGHT NOW IN YOUR
CITY.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO
BE WITH US.
>> THANK YOU, RACHEL.
HAPPY TO BE HERE.
>> FIRST, LET ME JUST ASK YOU,
WE’VE SEEN YOU SPEAK PUBLICLY
OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS,
WE’VE BEEN WATCHING FROM AFAR,
WATCHING THE STREETS OF
MINNEAPOLIS AND SAINT PAUL, AND
WORRYING, FRANKLY, CAN I JUST
ASK, HOW YOU ARE, HOW YOU ARE
HOLDING UP, AND HOW YOU THINK
YOUR CITY IS HOLDING UP NOW
AFTER WHAT’S BEEN THREE VERY,
VERY HARD DAYS?
>> WOW, RACHEL, YOU KNOW, WITH
THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON
NATIONAL TELEVISION, I DO WANT
TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY,
OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FLOYD FAMILY, THE BROTHERS AND
FLOYD FAMILY, THE BROTHERS AND
SISTERS, THE FRIENDS, THE
GIRLFRIEND.
WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY DEEP
SYMPATHIES.
I, LIKE THE REST OF MY
COMMUNITY, WE’RE REELING.
WE’RE IN DEEP PAIN.
WE FEEL THAT COLLECTIVELY, OUR
LIVES DON’T MATTER.
THE VERY PEOPLE THAT WE PAID TO
PROTECT AND SERVE OUR
COMMUNITIES, IT SEEMS LIKE, YOU
KNOW, I WAS LOOKING AT THE
OVERVIEW, AS YOU LED UP TO THIS
STORY, ALL OF THE FILANDO
CASSTILLE, THE MARK HART, THE
JUSTINE DAMOND, AND THERE ARE
MANY MORE POLICE-INVOLVED
MURDERS THAT YOU DIDN’T NAME.
SO THIS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN JUST
REALLY OVERBURDENED BY BEING
OVERPOLICED, BY BEING
DISINVESTED IN, AND REALLY OUR
CRIES AND CALLS FOR JUSTICE, AND
HAVE SEEMINGLY BEEN IGNORED.
EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF A WHITE
WOMAN WHO WAS SHOT BY A BLACK
POLICE OFFICER, AND ANY POLICE
OFFICER WHO COMMITS A CRIME
SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND
CERTAINLY OFFICER NOOR IS BEING
HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS
AND THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN
THIS LATEST POLICE MURDER NEED
TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AS WELL.
I WAS DEVASTATED WHEN I SAW THE
NON-PRESS CONFERENCE, BECAUSE
THEY DIDN’T PROVIDE ANY PRESS.
THERE WAS NO NEWS.
IT SIMPLY WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE
TALKING IN A MICROPHONE.
AND SO I KNOW THAT MY COMMUNITY
IS SAYING WHERE ARE THE CHARGES?
WHY AREN’T THESE OFFICERS IN
JAIL RIGHT NOW, UNTIL YOU GET
MORE EVIDENCE, MR. FREEMAN, YOU
KNOW, YOU SAW THE VIDEO, RACHEL,
AS DID THE REST OF THE AMERICA,
AND IN FACT, I’VE BEEN GETTING
CALLS FOR MEDIA REQUESTS FROM
ALL ALL OVER THE WORLD.
PEOPLE REALLY JUST ARE FED UP
WITH THIS SICKNESS, THIS VIRUS,
THAT IS RACISM, THAT IS
LITERALLY KILLING US.
AND WHEN I SAY "US" I MEAN ALL
OF US.
ALL AMERICANS.
>> LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT WHAT’S
BEEN HAPPENING THE LAST THREE
NIGHTS IN MINNEAPOLIS, AND IN
SAINT PAUL, AND WE HAVE SEEN
SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATIONS IN
OTHER CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY
NOW, TOO, BUT IT’S BEEN SO
INTENSE, IN MINNEAPOLIS, IT
LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE
ANOTHER VERY INTENSE NIGHT, YOU
HAVE BEEN SO ELOQUENT IN CALLING
FOR PEOPLE TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE
AND PEACEFUL AND NOT DESTRUCTIVE
IN THEIR PROTESTS, BUT WE’VE
SEEN FIRES SET, WE HAVE SEEN
VIOLENT CONFRONTATION, WE’VE
SEEN STUFF DESTROYED, WE’VE SEEN
STORED LOOTED, I GUESS THE
QUESTION IS, WHETHER YOU THINK
THAT THERE IS RECEPTIVENESS
AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT IN
THE STREETS TO CHANNELLING THIS
IN A CONSTRUCTIVE WAY, TO
CHANNEL THIS IN THE KIND OF
DIRECTION THAT YOU’VE BEEN
CALLING FOR, OR IF YOU FEEL LIKE
THIS IS STILL GOING TO BURN FOR
ANOTHER NIGHT OR MORE, JUST
BECAUSE THE ANGER IS THERE, IT’S
UNRELENTING, AND THERE IS NO
CHANNELING IT?
>> SO, YOU KNOW, RACHEL, I’VE
BEEN INVOLVED IN THESE RALLIES,
PROTESTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, FOR
THE PAST THREE DAYS.
98% OF THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
PEACEFUL, HAVE BEEN VERY
SUCCINCT IN THEIR DEMANDS FOR
JUSTICE, TO HAVE THESE OFFICERS
ARRESTED, AND SO I THINK THE
SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE
CREATING THE VIOLENCE AND THE
DESTRUCTION, AND NONE OF THESE,
NONE OF THESE PROTESTERS WILL BE
SATISFIED UNTIL WE GET A CHARGE
IN THIS CASE.
>> ANDREA JENKINS, MINNEAPOLIS
COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT, MS.
JENKINS, AS YOU SAY, I KNOW YOU
HAVE BEEN GETTING CALLS FROM ALL
OVER THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, IN
PART BECAUSE OF YOUR VISIBILITY,
YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND YOUR
ELOQUENCE ON THESE ISSUES.
I THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO TALK

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