Head Of Minneapolis Police Union Calls George Floyd A “Violent Criminal”

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A letter to the police union called Floyd a “violent criminal” and vowed to "fight for" officers linked to his death.

Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany tweeted images of a letter allegedly sent to members of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis by the union’s president, Lieutenant Bob Kroll. The letter criticized George Floyd, local political leadership, and the media coverage.

  • Kroll claimed that “liberal media” failed to report on the “violent criminal history of George Floyd."

  • Kroll called Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) “clearly incompetent” and accused “politicians on the left” of “encouraging” the rioting.

  • Kroll alleged that he was a “visible target” and had received “countless death threats throughout this.”

  • He added, “I’ve worked with the four defense attorneys that are representing each of our four terminated individuals under criminal investigation, in addition with our labor attorneys to fight for their jobs. They were terminated without due process.”

Kroll also asserted,

What has been very evident throughout this process is you have lacked support from the top. This terrorist movement that is currently occurring was a long time build up which dates back years. Starting with minimizing the size of our police force and diverting funds to community activists with an anti-police agenda. Our chief requested 400 more officers and was flatly denied any. This is what led to this record breaking riot.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey criticized Kroll’s letter in a Tweet and wrote,

For a man who complains so frequently about a lack of community trust and support for the police department, Bob Kroll remains shockingly indifferent to his role in undermining that trust and support. His categorical opposition to reform, his consistent disrespect for civilian leadership, and his lack of empathy for the community have done more to undermine trust in police than any “community activist” ever has.

The New York Times reports that Floyd was arrested last week “after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.”

Read the letter here.

Comments (15)
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Gasmorg
Gasmorg

What a piece of shit.

maelstrom143
maelstrom143

This man's words echo the sentiment I've already seen touted about...that the Minneapolis police force has huge problems. It sounds like it is time to rip off the bandaid, remove the officers who think their job allows them carte blanche to hurt civilians and disregard humane and compassionate service while at the same time carrying out their duties. While the public should be supportive and protective of our officers, that does not extend to turning a blind eye toward abuse of power and unnecessary deaths due to a callous disregard for life.

PeopleSuck
PeopleSuck

Could you please fix your headline to reflect the actual content of the article? It's distracting some people from the issue. Thanks.

Trucker Tony
Trucker Tony

It's no secret that white supremacist groups are intermingled into our police forces. Doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to see who may be among them.

Cglong90
Cglong90

Get fucked, pigs.

HEL
HEL

It appears to me Mayor Jacob Frey should have more to say and do rather than a simple tweet he's Kroll's boss. With Kroll's attitude, how is it possible for him to be helpful in any investigation,his mind is made up. Remove Kroll from his position within the Police Department!!!

DLee4144
DLee4144

The way to solve the looting, rioting problem is to figure out that the rioting is NOT the problem, it is the reaction to the problem.

Weeding the bullies out of the police department and putting in a psychological test for their replacements would be the first step in solving the rioting problem. My brother in law was a cop in a small Texas town. He was a bully in high school to the point of exhibiting psychological issues in the stuff that he did, and he was able to turn that hobby into a profession by joining the local police department

Our police should be carefully chosen, required to wear cameras, and any complaints should be reviewed by a citizen’s committee, elected by the citizens of the community. The police have a “thin blue line” alliance that means that cops take care of each other. It should be modified to mean that no one covers for a cop who has done something wrong. I understand that the police are not dealing with the cream of society on a day to day basis, and actual respect for the average arrestee can be a hard thing to muster. But, they need to understand that covering for a cop who is not treating the citizens they arrest with respect even when they least deserve it is actually putting every one of them at more risk. Any time a neighbor is treated badly by the cops, even if I agree that he is a piece of scum, it makes me distrust that I will be treated fairly by the police. Until the people of a community trust that they will be treated fairly, there will be riots, and too many police have historically not acted in a way which created that trust.

Joeco
Joeco

What is misleading about the headline?

anti-misogyny
anti-misogyny

Another white male - blaming the black man. It is sad that people that cannot take responsibility for their own actions are placed in charge of others. Leadership like this leads to the ones under their command to act in the same way and feel as if their actions are easily explained away by "but they did" I swear to god as a 53 year old white cis male I am more and more embarrassed by white men my age that have not grasped the concept of the buck stops here. I am glad he worked with the attorneys of the charged police officers - because that is his fucking job. But to have no respect for what was right there on camera for the world to see - and no respect for the murdered man is just sickening - I am all for labor unions, but not police unions - I don't think that anyone receiving a paycheck derived from our taxes requires union representation when the public should have input on the rates of pay these people receive.

FlaLawdog
FlaLawdog

I was a police officer for 25 years. I wish I was a member of the Minneapolis Police Union ... so I could quit in protest. I don’t care if the arrestee is Jack the Ripper, once he’s in handcuffs and proned out, with three other officers helping you, saying he can’t breathe, you don’t keep kneeling on him. Who taught that officer to kneel on someone’s neck in the first damn place? I bet he was never taught that technique at the academy or in in-service training. If he was, Floyd’s family will end up owning the police department after they win their federal 42 U.S. Code § 1983 lawsuit for negligent training. Of course violent protests are wrong, that doesn’t make the police officer’s action, or Kroll’s defense of him, right.

Zkoegler
Zkoegler

If he was such a dangerous criminal why wasn't he put in the car once subdued and handcuffed? Why were 4 grown men with police training holding him on the ground with 200lbs pressing on his neck and back compressing his chest for4 to 5 minutes after he was unconscious? They decided they were judge and jury. They became vigilantes and need to pay the price.

Dusty3rd
Dusty3rd

George Floyd was a violent criminal.

1031
1031

I knew this was going to come up, just like the others, weather he was or not, he did not desrvevto die like that, this is bull shit, he did nothing that day to warrant his death, we all have rusty back ground does not mean for the police to kill him like they did stop looking for excuses to Excuese this cops racist ass


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