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An effort to remove Hennepin County’s top prosecutor from office is coming right to his doorstep.
On Saturday afternoon, petitioners will gather outside County Attorney Mike Freeman’s house in southwest Minneapolis for what they’re calling a “Going Away Party” — as Freeman is moving out of the neighborhood, the group says.
“We think it’s time for him to move out of the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, too!” the announcement for the demonstration says.
On the Recall Mike Freeman website, the group says it needs 126,522 to begin the “long process” by which Freeman could be removed from office.
The ultimate goal would be a recall election, though the appeal has to take a number of legal steps first — including going through the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The group argues that “Freeman has violated the constitutional rights of all Black residents of Hennepin County by denying them equal protection of law,” pointing to his decisions not to prosecute the police officers who killed Jamar Clark and Thurman Blevins — while “protecting the cops who killed George Floyd.”
Freeman has been the subject of controversy for years, with the campaign to remove him launching in late May, as the Star Tribune reported.
The paper notes that the effort was a response to controversial comments he’s made during the Floyd case, among other criticisms of how he’s handling the prosecution.
The “Going Away Party” is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m., with another signature-collecting event set for Sunday at Lake Hiawatha Park.