October 24, 2020

A 2007 lawsuit said the president of the Minneapolis police union wore a ‘white power’ patch on his motorcycle jacket and discriminated against officers of color

The graphic footage of George Floyd begging for help as Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground for at least eight minutes, eventually killing him, has dominated the national conversation.

Floyd’s death has resulted in the firing of Chauvin and three other officers on the scene. It has also sparked citywide riots and led to police and politicians around the country — in unprecedented language — condemning the actions of the Minneapolis officers involved.

One voice that has been relatively absent from the outrage, though, is the usually outspoken Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.

But considering his controversial history as union head, it might come as no surprise that Kroll, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, hasn’t come out condemning the actions of the fired cops.

Earlier this week Kroll said that the union intends to support the officers involved.

“Now is not the time rush to judgment and immediately condemn our officers. An in-depth investigation is underway. Our officers are fully cooperating. We must review all video. We must wait for the medical examiner’s report,” Kroll said in a statement Tuesday. “Officers’ actions and training protocol will be carefully examined after the officers have provided their statements.”

Kroll, who has been described by a former deputy police chief as a hard-nosed street cop who once had a part of his ear bitten off during a bar fight, has a history of race-related controversies.

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