DFL House candidate apologizes for rally language

August 17, 2020 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota House candidate is apologizing for the language he used at a demonstration outside the home of the Minneapolis police union president.

More than 100 people gathered Saturday outside Bob Kroll’s house in Hugo where he lives with his wife WCCO-TV reporter Liz Collin.

Demonstrators called for both to be fired from their jobs. They want Kroll to resign for defending what they say are “killer cops” and for Collin to be fired for what they say is a conflict of interest as a local journalist.

DFL activist John Thompson, who won last week’s primary for a St. Paul House seat, shouted a number of expletives through a microphone during his speech at the rally as neighbors and children watched.


Thompson posted an apology on Facebook Sunday, saying “inflammatory rhetoric” is not how he wants to address important issues that Black people are facing, the Star Tribune reported.

In a joint statement Monday, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry and County Attorney Pete Orput said that while Thompson’s comments were “grossly inappropriate,” they did not violate any felony laws.

Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin also issued a statement Sunday saying the party does not condone any rhetoric that is violent, hateful or inflammatory.

Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan referred to the protesters as “radical Democrats” who harassed the Hugo neighborhood.