Minneapolis Police Union Boss Calls Cops On Reporter Who Knocked On His Door
The head of the Minneapolis police union reportedly called police after a Washington Post reporter knocked on his door seeking comment on murder charges filed against all four police officers involved in George Floyd’s death.
Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, did not respond to multiple requests for comment, so The Washington Post sent a reporter to his home.
The Post said a “reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that ‘he doesn’t want any press.’”
Kroll said in a letter to union members on Monday that the four officers were terminated “without due process” and indicated he is fighting to have them reinstated.
In the same letter, Kroll — who spoke at one of President Donald Trump’s rallies last year — smeared George Floyd as a “violent criminal.”
On Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison elevated the charge against former officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he said he couldn’t breathe, to second-degree murder.
The other three officers present during the arrest — Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — were also fired after Floyd’s death but initially not charged with a crime.
Ellison announced on Wednesday that all three are now charged with aiding and abetting murder.