Days before the president came to speak, this department made a massive policy change. Now these officers have a new plan to show their support.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Last week, Minneapolis police officers were told that they were forbidden from wearing their uniforms while attending any political events or rallies. The news seemed to be all too conveniently scheduled, coming just days after President Trump announced an upcoming trip to the Minnesota city.
Frustrated that they couldn’t show their support by wearing their blues, the local police union decided to take matters into their own hands.
What did they do?
The created t-shirts.
The shirts read “Cops For Trump”, and will be available for sale starting Monday. The Star Tribune posted about the shirts, which displays America’s stars and stripes in the shape of the state and is accompanied by law enforcement badges.
Lt. Bob Kroll is the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. He took to his personal Facebook page to let the public know that officers who wanted to show their support for a candidate should be able to do so. And they plan on doing just that.
Kroll said he learned of the new policy change just a day after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey came out to publicly state that Trump was not welcome in the area.
“Under ordinary circumstances it would be an honor to welcome a sitting President of the United States to Minneapolis and to showcase all our city has to offer on the national stage,” Frey said. “But these aren’t ordinary circumstances. Since taking office President Trump’s actions have been reprehensible and his rhetoric has made it clear that he does not value the perspective or rights of Minneapolis’ diverse communities.”
He went on to say that Trump would never be welcome.
“On October 10, our entire city will not stand behind the President, but behind the communities and people who continue to make this city – and this country – great. While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis.”
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Kroll condemned the department’s new policy for its timing, but the department says the move wasn’t political and had been in consideration for the several months.
“My members are outraged,” Kroll said in an interview with Fox News. “A lot of them want to be there; they want to be in the backdrop, have an opportunity to meet him. He’s shown that he’s a very pro-law enforcement president.”
He pointed out instances where uniformed officers were not only allowed to attend political rallies in uniform, but in some cases were actually forced to do so, like in 1994, when then president Bill Clinton visited Minneapolis during the signing of his crime bill.
“…because [the DFL] have kind of turned their back on police and many other working people,” Lt. Bob Kroll said, the federation has shifted gears and started endorsing Republicans. https://t.co/QMu0P9T75E
— Alpha News MN (@AlphaNewsMN) October 6, 2019
At that event, Kroll said that some officers were in attendance in uniform “against their will.” Officers additionally donned their uniforms while attending a special appearance from Barack Obama in 2013 when he spoke to the city about gun violence.
Meanwhile, as Frey focused on voicing his disapproval of the president, he’s somehow ignoring the fact that his city is struggling. Violent crime rates are far higher than they were even last year, and a recent string of car-jackings and vicious assaults has plagued Minneapolis.
So is this a well-timed move aimed at striking down cops that support their president? Or is it part of a necessary change going forward? Tell us your thoughts!
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