Posted: 07/11/16 21:21
by Dave Mindeman
Conservatives criticized Gov. Dayton for stating an honest opinion.
"Would this have happened if... the driver and passenger had been white? I don't think so."
His critics even went so far as to partially blame him for the Dallas attack.
But when it comes to rhetoric, I think we have much better representation of exacerbation. And that is Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis Police Union. Here is a bio:
After joining the department in 1989, he worked his way up the ranks, with stints in vice, SWAT and domestic assault. He joined the federation board in 1996.
Kroll was named in a 2007 racial discrimination lawsuit against the department that was brought by five black officers -- including current deputy chief Medaria Arradondo -- after Kroll reportedly called U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison a terrorist and made disparaging comments about a gay aide to former Mayor R.T. Rybak in front of several other high-ranking commanders.
The plaintiffs, collectively known as the Mill City 5, said the episode, which resulted in Kroll's suspension, was symptomatic of a culture of racial intolerance and retaliation in the department. Kroll has denied the allegations.
Police personnel records revealed that Kroll had 19 other internal-affairs complaints during his 26 years on the force, all but three of which were closed without discipline. He has been reprimanded once in recent years, and he also was suspended after being accused of using excessive force, records show.
Here's another flash from Kroll's past:
Jack Mahaffey had been crossing the street in front of Dusty's bar on Marshall Street Northeast after 10:00 p.m. on a Friday night during the Art-a-Whirl gallery crawl. Mahaffey was a little tipsy, and his backpack hit a car. Two men dressed in jeans and T-shirts got out and confronted Mahaffey, punched him, threw him on the ground, and hit his head on the sidewalk.
As Mahaffey's friends rushed to help, the two men taunted them: "Bring it on" and "Come and get me, motherfucker," according to the file. Mahaffey's sister Flora was punched, and another friend was kicked in the face.
A passerby who was coming home from a shift as a loss-prevention officer at a nearby Rainbow Foods called 911 to break up the melee. After the other officers arrived, Mahaffey and his friends learned a shocking fact: The two assailants were off-duty MPD officers.
One of them was Kroll.
Now in a highly visible position, he seems unable to stop himself from rendering his personal viewpoint.
On Black Lives Matter:
"Real black leaders will tell you this is a terrorist organization that puts out false narratives."
Re: Police officers walking out on Lynx event because of Player statements on Warm up jerseys:
"They only have four officers working the event because the Lynx have such a pathetic draw."
On Minneapolis murders:
"If black lives matter, where are they when a black person kills a black person? Where is the outrage?"
What Governor Dayton offered was an opinion that many of us are thinking. It wasn't offered as a statement of fact, merely an idea that probably needs to be explored.
But Bob Kroll doesn't offer much in the way of constructive talk. He offers confrontation and one sided criticism. His position requires more thoughtful leadership than he seems willing to give.
He should be replaced.