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The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association board voted last week to back only Republican candidates for office after a Democrat Farmer-Labor candidate shouted “Blue lives ain’t s**t” outside the home of Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll.
In addition, the candidate — John Thompson, who is running for a seat in the Minnesota House — also was also captured on video beating an effigy of Kroll and his wife, Fox News reported.
The association, which represents more than 10,000 officers, had previously endorsed DFL candidates in various political races.
In August, Thompson, who is black, led a group of protesters to Kroll’s house, where he proceeded to berate and terrorize young white girls by screaming obscenities at them a week after he won his primary.
“We sick of yo white a** treatin’ us like s**t and act like we comfortable with it. I’m not comfortable gettin’ my a** kicked by you coward-a** white motherf**kers in uniform. And if you uncomfortable with my voice, do somethin’ about it,” Thompson said.
“Come on over here with your ‘Blue Lives Matter’ sign,” he added. “Blue lives ain’t s**t, and if people in Hugo don’t support black people, f**k Hugo.”
He also appeared to threaten residents.
“We coming for everything that you motherf**ers took from us,” he said at another point. “This whole g*d d**ned state burned down for 20…dollars. You think we give a f**k about burning Hugo down?”
DLM Gov. Tim Walz voiced his support for Thompson after his primary win.
“I’ve known John for years. His fierce advocacy and commitment to his community is exactly what’s needed in the State Legislature right now. I look forward to working with him as the next State Representative for 67A,” Walz said.
Thompson faced a great deal of criticism for his behavior and later apologized.
“Inflammatory rhetoric is not how I want to address the important issues we’re facing, and I apologize,” he said, according to Fox News.
That said, Brian Peters, the executive director of the police association, told state House Speaker Melissa Hortman in a letter this week his group is very concerned about DFL support for Thompson after new video emerged of him beating effigies of Kroll and his wife, who is a local news anchor, last month.
This is endorsed Democrat John Thompson, campaigning for State House in district 67A in St. Paul.
This newly emerged video shows him beating an effigy of the Minneapolis Police Union President and his wife in their own driveway on August 15. pic.twitter.com/oJ90WuEmww
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) August 17, 2020
“This is endorsed Democrat John Thompson, campaigning for State House in district 67A in St. Paul. This newly emerged video shows him beating an effigy of the Minneapolis Police Union President and his wife in their own driveway on August 15,” Peters wrote in a Twitter post along with the video clip.
State DFL Chair Ken Martin said the party does not endorse or condone Thompson’s rhetoric but added it is “grateful” for his work combatting alleged racism.
Peters confirmed to local media this week that the organization had changed its endorsements to Republican candidates but did not provide the full list. He added that he hopes to see Democrats issue a strong denunciation of Thompson because he targeted Kroll’s wife.
“The endorsements that we rescinded, my issue was those candidates did not stand up to their leadership and put pressure on and ask why are we supporting a candidate who did this in Hugo,” he told the Star Tribune. “If this is the future of the Democratic Party, my organization is going to support elsewhere.”
Two GOP challengers announced they had been contacted by the police association and were being given the organization’s endorsement.
“Democrats have turned their backs on law enforcement and embraced radical ideas like disarming peace officers and defunding police departments,” Susan Akland, who is running against DFL Rep. Jeff Brand in a southern state district, wrote on Facebook.
Also, GOP challenger Bill Maresh, who is running against incumbent DFL Rep. Zack Stephenson, posted his endorsement letter on Facebook.
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