Fremont mayor: ‘Taking the knee is something that I’m not going to be doing’

Fremont Mayor Lily Mei was jeered by protesters on Tuesday after she refused to take a symbolic knee in support of police accountability.

Mei, along with Fremont Police Chief Kimberly Petersen, and two police captains, attempted to address the group, which had earlier marched through Fremont in support of George Floyd.

After the crowd drowned out Mei’s remarks, they repeatedly called for Mei to take a knee. “Taking a knee is something that I’m not going to be doing,” she finally told them.


Mei wrote on Facebook Tuesday night that she declined to kneel out of deference to God.

“I have been asked why I will not kneel at events like the one from earlier today. Because of my faith, I will never kneel to anyone but God. You will see me kneel in church, but you will not ever see me kneel at any other event except in prayer,” she wrote.

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78 replies

  1. Good job, Mayor! Never surrender to coercive power.


  2. This is Lillian Sun from Portland OR. I am Chinese. One of my local Chinese mom shared above pics and comments… I don’t know why this female Chinese mayor does not explain to people about Chinese culture. I don’t know by local Fremont Chinese does not speak up for this mayor. Most Americans probably do not know, that kneeling in Chinese culture is something you only do to your older generation or “emperor”… It’s something extremely extreme! If someone forces a Chinese to knee, I’d say you are a racist!!!


  3. GOOD JOBS! MS. Fremont MAYOR.


  4. extreme leftist is tyranny. In America, people are in title to do what they think is right. Not everyone agree with you.


  5. It is insulting to ask a Chinese kneel down. People should respect different cultures.


  6. I hope the police can be as strong as Mayor Lily Mei and have at least half her gut to be courageous enough to protect us.


  7. I don’t take a knee to a black criminal.


  8. I respect you greatly because you has gut to speak your belief.


  9. I fully support the mayor not to placad the stupid crowd and stand up for her belief. God bless the mayor of Fremont.


  10. Good job Mayor!


  11. Good job Mayor. No one has to knee except for God. There is no room for antifa in Fremont. Kick them out!


  12. Go Lily Mei!! She has done an amazing job running the city of Fremont. I agree with her. All lives matter. Why should she have to kneel for something she believe in? Hello people.. smh


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