The vice president of the Minneapolis City Council alleged that she was “held hostage” during an LGBT celebration over the past weekend amid video footage posted online that showed a large number of demonstrators surrounding her vehicle and telling her to sign a list of demands.
Andrea Jenkins, who represents Minneapolis’ 8th Ward, said in a statement Tuesday that “I was verbally attacked, berated and held ‘hostage’ against my will by a large group of angry protesters” during the incident.
“Every citizen of this City has a right to bring forward their concerns, but no citizen has the right to detain and coerce anyone to do anything, that includes elected officials,” Jenkins said, while adding that some businesses and residents in the area where George Floyd was killed last year have also been held “hostage” by demonstrators and agitators.
In an interview with KTSP, Jenkins separately said that “we have mechanisms for expressing one’s displeasure with their government, there’s a First Amendment right, people have the right to do that. We do not have a right to traumatize, detain and or humiliate people for their positions.”
Jenkins’ comments came after a 23-minute long video showed her confrontation with demonstrators and agitators circulated on social media this week.
A left-wing demonstrator, D.J. Hooker, posted the clip to social media. Among other demands, Hooker wanted Jenkins to pledge her support “for [Mayor] Jacob Frey’s immediate resignation.” Jenkins then laughs and shakes her head “no,” while demonstrators start chanting: “Jacob Frey resign.”
On Sunday, extreme BLM activists blocked Minneapolis city council member @annapoetic in the street. Andrea Jenkins was forced to sign a statement that charges against alleged rioters would be dropped. This incident has not been reported in the local press. pic.twitter.com/fpCX5B7r5w
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2021
Hooker then told Jenkins to “leave George Floyd Square alone. Period,” reported the Star-Tribune. Jenkins replies: “Don’t do my job, is that what you’re asking me to do?”
In the KTSP interview, Jenkins, who was seen signing a document presented by the demonstrators, said she signed it in duress.
Frey, a Democrat, echoed Jenkins’s sentiment and said demonstrators have no right to hold people hostage and list demands.
“Holding people for hours against their will until they make a statement under duress is completely unacceptable,” he said, according to local media reports. “It’s wrong.”
Following Floyd’s death last year, millions of dollars in damage was done to businesses and residences in Minneapolis along as rioters, vandals, looters, and agitators ran amok. The former officer involved in Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin, was sentenced earlier this month to 22 and a half years in prison on second-degree murder charges.
The intersection where Chauvin was seen on top of Floyd has turned into a makeshift memorial known as “George Floyd Square.” However, city officials and local residents have complained that the memorial is blocking traffic while the city several weeks ago moved to clear makeshift barriers that were erected around it.