MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The mayor of Minneapolis is in the midst of a re-election campaign, and she’s touting her achievements from her first term in office.
Betsy Hodges spoke at a Minneapolis mosque for the State of the City address Tuesday morning.
“We will not let the national discomfort prevail here,” she said. “When Donald Trump comes after any part of our community, he'll find 419,000 Minneapolitans and me standing squarely in his way. That's the kind of wall I can support.”
Hodges also defended the Nicollet Mall project – which some argue is taking too long - saying that it's on time and that progress isn't always painless.
She added that development is also booming, with more than $1 billion in building for the fifth straight year.
The major dwelled heavily on trying to change policing by making it more community based and more accountable.
“Today, every officer who responds to a 911 call is wearing a body-worn camera,” she said.
While Hodges’ relationship with the rank and file has been shaky, she insisted she supports officers.
“Some go so far as to claim Chief Harteau and I have told officers not to enforce the law, a claim that is patently, demonstrably, 100 percent false,” Hodges said.