Andrea Jenkins Says She Was Held Hostage, Much Like Black Businesses And Residents In George Floyd Square
By Danielle Wallace
The vice president of the Minneapolis City Council says she was “held hostage” while attending a Pride celebration over the weekend, as video shows a large group of protesters blocked her vehicle until she agreed to sign a list of their demands that included dropping criminal charges against rioters.
Andrea Jenkins, who represents Minneapolis’ 8th Ward and identifies as the first Black openly transgender woman to be elected to office in the U.S., said in a statement Tuesday that it is also time to stop the holding of Black-owned businesses, the neighbors and residents of the neighborhood near George Floyd Square hostage more than a year after Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020.
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