In 2019, Minneapolis Police Union Head Spoke At One Of Trump's Rallies
In October 2019, Bob Kroll, the president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, enthusiastically spoke at a Trump rally, according to CBS Minnesota, praising President Donald Trump for his pro-police stance.
Kroll reportedly wore a “Cops for Trump” t-shirt and claimed, “The mayor said the President wasn’t welcome but the Police Federation of Minneapolis begs to differ.”
He also praised Trump for his staunch support of the police, despite years of high-profile cases of police brutality across the United States.
“The Obama administration and the handcuffing and oppression of police was despicable,” Kroll said. “The first thing President Trump did when he took office was turn that around … he decided to start let cops do their job, put the handcuffs on the criminals instead of (on) us.”
The Minneapolis police union began selling “Cops for Trump” shirts to protest a city policy that took effect last year barring officers from wearing their uniforms in support of a political candidate.
City leaders hoped this policy would take the politics out of policing.
Kroll said he believed the policy was politically motivated, citing the fact that officers previously were allowed to stand behind President Barack Obama in uniform.
Proceeds from sales of the shirt reportedly went to charity.
Despite outrage over the murders of Mike Brown (Ferguson), Phillando Castile (Minneapolis), Eric Garner (New York City), and countless others, Kroll went on to say that the “handcuffing and oppression of police [under the Obama administration] was despicable.”
Trump “decided to start [to] let cops do their job, put the handcuffs on the criminals instead of (on) us,” Kroll said.