MINNEAPOLIS — “This is our city,” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told a small crowd who came to listen to her annual State of the City address.
Hodges, chose to hold her speech at Masjid an-Nur mosque in North Minneapolis, centering her speech on the idea of “One Minneapolis.” Dozens of people attended Hodges speech, but did not fill all of the seats in the room. Attendees and members of the press were asked to remove their shoes before entering, leading one woman to express her frustration with Hodges’ team for not warning potential speech-goers ahead of time.
Speaking of some of the changes she has sought to implement in the City, Hodges said that the changes she sought made some people comfortable, but it was all part of a marathon to make the city a better place.
Hodges did not end her speech without criticizing President Donald Trump and calling on those in the city to resist.
Hodges denied allegations that she would order members of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) to stand down or not enforce the law. “Never would I ask you to not do your job,” Hodges said. “We need you to do your job.”
Alpha News reported about potential “stand down orders” given to MPD during the Trump fundraiser in August.
Hodges is currently facing an intense re-election campaign. The election is set for November 2017.