MINNEAPOLIS, MN — On Friday, August 21st, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) along with other groups, delivered a petition containing 251,000 signatures to Minneapolis city leaders, that called for the firing of Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll.
According to a Kare11, the signatures were collected by Color Of Change, and by Police Unions Exposed via MoveOn’s petition platform.
Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of CAIR said:
“We thought the killing of George Floyd– which we saw the entire country, the entire world react so strong to, in rejecting this type of behavior, this type of tactics — we thought Bob Kroll’s days would be over by now. But the reality is the city of Minneapolis, the leaders of the city of Minneapolis, refuse to act and fire Bob Kroll,”
Civil rights attorney Nekima Levy-Armstrong said in a statement:
“Enough is enough,
“We are calling for a paradigm shift in the city of Minneapolis in terms of the future of public safety, in terms of how officers are hired. In terms of who even remains on the force.”
Happening Now: press conference calling for the firing of Police Federation President Bob Kroll. pic.twitter.com/1jEYdyfzlf
— Alex Lehnert (@AlexLehnertFox9) August 21, 2020
According to Kare11, one of the many outspoken people pushing for this is Bettie Smith, the mother of Quincy Smith.
Quincy Smith was 24-year-old when he died of cardiac arrest after being tased multiple times by police during an arrest in 2008. At the time of his death Quincy Smith had a pending police brutality complaint against the MPD stemming from a previous incident.
Mrs. Smith claims Lt. Kroll, and the police union smeared her son’s reputation, and accused the union of trying to degrade the deaths of individuals by bringing up their criminal history.
“There’s not a person in this room, in this nation, in this world who has not done something wrong, but that does not give the police the right to kill you,
“It does not give Bob Kroll the right to, ‘It’s okay. He had a counterfeit bill’! It’s okay, his girlfriend said he did something to her’!”
The union released a statement responding to the petition delivery:
“The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis has a mission to support its officers as public city employees and to ensure they are treated fairly by political leaders as they handle budget and policy decisions,”
It went on to say:
“Like other unions, it exists to advocate for its members and as a Board we take that role very seriously.”
This is a bit of irony, because according to the Star Tribune, earlier this week in a radio interview, Kroll called on Minneapolis Police Chief Maderia Arradondo to resign, due to the fact that the Chief pulled out of contract negotiations following the death of George Floyd.
More than 250,000 people have signed calling for the removal of Bob Kroll, the racist leader of the Minneapolis Police Federation.
Share this action with your family and friends! https://t.co/VvifKJ3LuF
— #BLM #VoteBluetoSaveAmerica #MakeGoodTrouble (@jo_jlsr3353) August 22, 2020
In a statement to KARE 11, Lt. Kroll said:
“I have been elected by my members overwhelming, most times unopposed for more than 24 years. My current term ends in May of 2022.
The city cannot fire people for being good at their job. Placing any blame on The Police Federation for the current problems in the city is just one of the many false narratives these groups thrive on.”
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Earlier this month, a protest took place on Kroll’s front law, where “peaceful protesters” burned an effigy of Kroll’s wife.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Earlier in August, Law Enforcement Today brought you a report about a disgusting display by the likes of Democratic candidate John Thompson at a residential area in Minneapolis, who is running for the 67A District seat in the Minnesota State House.
Protest from outside the house of Bob Kroll, the President of Minneapolis Police Union https://t.co/DTS5yxNM96
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) August 15, 2020
Well, it turns out that the ire directed by Thompson and his Black Lives Matter cohorts on August 15 did more than target the police union chief who resided in the neighborhood where Thompson went on a profanity-laced tirade and suggested that the proverbial mob could burn down the residential area.
These “protesters” also erected and destroyed an effigy of Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll’s wife, Liz Collin.
The violent destruction of an effigy of a Minnesota journalist – @lizcollin – by protesters standing in the driveway of her home needs to be immediately denounced by the @mnspj and other journalists. This behavior is dangerous, harassing, and threatening. https://t.co/zcv78syp01
— Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 17, 2020
The rationale for such a disgusting display against Collin is that she’s married to Kroll – the violent mob doesn’t care for police – and she’s a news anchor at the local CBS affiliate station, WCCO.
Collin hasn’t even done anything to earn the typical scourge of the angry leftists, aside from just being a police officer’s wife and a news anchor – which to the mob means that she sheds a positive light on police.
Ummm, she hasn't reported on anything MPD-related since 2017. Sooo, she's literally not interviewing her husband at all. This was also confirmed by the CBS affiliate network.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) August 19, 2020
The real kicker, though, is that Collin hasn’t even reported on anything Minneapolis Police Department-related since 2017, because of her marriage.
Furthermore, WCCO confirmed that reality as well.
The statement from the station, released in June after protesters arrived at WCCO demanding that Collin be fired for being married to Kroll, made reference to a November 2019 statement that Collin shared when she was getting heat back then for being married to Kroll:
“I’d like to speak to the question some are posing: Is it a conflict of interest for me to be a journalist married to the Minneapolis police union boss? My answer: No. I haven’t reported on stories about the Minneapolis Police or the police union during the last two years.”
This further demonstrates that the protesters wanted to harass Collin simply because she’s married to a police officer.
Here’s our original report on the display that took place in Minneapolis’ Hugo residential area.
A Democratic candidate running for the 67A District seat in the Minnesota State House terrorized a residential neighborhood on August 15, screaming at school-aged children numerous obscenities with an erected public address system of sorts – while these kids were standing in their front yard.
Black Democrat Nominee for Minnesota House Seat Screams Obscenities at Young White Girls in Their Driveway, Yells "Blue Lives Don't Matter! F*ck Your Blue Lives" https://t.co/x0MotLphim
— 🇺🇸Col. Rob Maness ret.🇺🇸 (@RobManess) August 16, 2020
On August 11, John Thompson defeated fellow Democrat Huong Murphy during the Democratic primaries in an effort to fill the seat that will be fought for later this year in the Minnesota State House.
Then, just four days later, Thompson entered the residential neighborhood of Hugo in Minneapolis to scream at residents, due to the fact that Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll lives there.
John Thompson, who recently won his Primary for 67A in St. Paul, goes off and screams at neighborhood children, residents, and neighbors of Police Union Leader Bob Kroll.
"F*CK, Hugo Minnesota!"
BLM protesters gathered today outside Kroll's home. pic.twitter.com/1vTaiTQsML
— Alpha News MN (@AlphaNewsMN) August 15, 2020
Thompson hurled insult after insult, screaming “Blue lives don’t fucking matter” and that the “Grand Wizard” resides within the residential neighborhood of Hugo.
It was a particularly vile display, with Thompson directing his antagonistic rhetoric even against people simply standing on their front lawn with their children present.
Some commenters online were seemingly in support of the nonsense displayed by Thompson, leveraging arguments such as “what would you suggest that the frustrated masses do?”
What is he frustrated with exactly that is the fault of the young kids he is cursing and screaming at in front of their home?
— JD (@JDnola500) August 16, 2020
At least one person online pointed out that perhaps yelling at “young kids” is likely not the best way for anyone to willingly digest whatever message Thompson is attempting to convey.
What was more dangerous in all this was how riled up Thompson was and the influence he bore over the crowd during his time speaking, which was several minutes at length during the lengthy demonstration in the residential area.
One Twitter used pointed out that if Thompson cheered on for the crowd to engage any of the houses present to further terrorize the residents – then they’ll likely have done just that:
“One word from this cretin and the mob would have stormed the house and burned it down. Screaming at/swearing at/terrorizing/threatening the families and neighbors of political adversaries is now a mainstream tactic. This will get bad. Arm up.”
This is getting out of control. Sick of this crap. F this cop with batons/pepper spray. Where are the Marines?
— The Deplorable Norseman (@IceeBurp) August 16, 2020
While the Twitter user’s take on the matter may seem like a mischaracterization of things – we have seen more and more instances of BLM and Antifa invading residential neighborhoods.
While media outlets like NBC claimed in June that Antifa and protesters coming to residential areas were “false rumors,” here we are today.
All of a sudden, it’s not a “rumor” – it’s a reality that quietly slipped in via these protesters and agitators edging closer and closer to these areas while certain media outlets conveniently forgot that they said this wouldn’t happen and there’d be nothing to worry about.
There also comes the question of when the line is crossed between freedom of speech and assembly and targeted harassment.
Exactly! This is terrorism
& needs to be fiercely dealt
— Love My Triumphant POTUS!✝️🗽🇺🇸🕊️💟 (@GOPCleopattra) August 16, 2020
This gathering wasn’t at a public park, a commercial district, a courthouse, or a state building – this was specifically brought to the home of someone called out by Thompson and numerous others present. Furthermore, signage was displayed referring to Kroll, the police union president, by name.
The irony of the display was that Thompson proclaimed that he was being “terrorized by this fucking Klansman”- while being completely oblivious to him terrorizing an entire neighborhood with his hateful monologue.
During his rant, Thompson made reference to how Minneapolis was essentially “burned down” after George Floyd died, and mentioned that “burning Hugo down,” could be accomplished with little effort:
“This whole goddam state burned down for $20, you think we give a fuck about burning Hugo down?”
This is what it has come down to – someone running for public office who wants to terrorize residents in front of their homes and threaten that the proverbial mob could care less if they burned down their neighborhoods.
You can watch the entire video of the protest in Hugo below.
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