White Supremacists Fire On Black Lives Matter Protest, But Whose Side is Police Chief On?

In one of the country’s most racially divided cities, black activists worry that the police are in cahoots with white supremacists.

calling for the ouster of police union chief Bob Kroll, calling him a racist and a member of a white supremacist motorcycle gang who protects bad cops. Kroll’s own record shows involvement in a number of violent interactions with people of color, including several that resulted in settlements to civilians. His lengthy disciplinary record includes civil complaints and lawsuits for wrongful arrest and excessive force, including an incident involving a police raid of an elderly couple’s home. Records show 19 internal affairs complaints against Kroll during his 26 years on the force.

Kroll has been an outspoken, often controversial figure, attracting attention for making comments about a gay member of Minneapolis’ mayoral staff and for calling U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, the only Muslim congressperson, a “terrorist.”

We cannot have a blatant racist in this position, a position which he is paid for,” activist Monique Cullers-Doty told City Pages. “If he wants to be a racist he needs to do that on his own time, on his own dime. We know who he is and what he’s about, and it’s not acceptable to us.”

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