Head of Minneapolis Police Federation has History of Lawsuits, Violence, Racism

Head of Minneapolis Police Federation has History of Lawsuits, Violence, Racism

Bob Kroll courtesy Kare11

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MINNEAPOLIS — A local group named Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee released a report claiming Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis Police Federation, has an existing racial bias and points out multiple disciplinary actions against him.

The report contains links to stories by other various news outlets with reports of lawsuits brought against the Minneapolis Police Department as well as the city and specifically Kroll himself.

In 2009 a lawsuit was brought against Kroll and other members of MPD regarding an off duty motorcycle club whose website featured members wearing emblems on their jackets associated with groups such as the KKK, according to TwinCities.com reporter Ruben Rosario.

Kroll was named in the suit and was said to have called Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a terrorist.

Kroll believed the lawsuit was a “fishing expedition,” according to Rosario.

Ellison stated he had a private meeting with Kroll after the allegations surfaced but Kroll denied he ever made the statement.

“We agreed to hit the reset button,” Ellison said over the phone, adding, “he is in a leadership position now and loose talk like that is not appropriate. I told him I hope for better in the future.”

Since their meeting Ellison stated he has heard many rumors regarding Kroll’s conduct, adding the rumors were “nothing positive.”

Ellison also called the recent events surrounding the Jamar Clark case “very worrisome,” adding that his own children have been participating in the protests.

“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” Ellison said over the phone, reflecting on his past experiences protesting police brutality in his youth.

In 1995, Kroll was sued in Federal Court after he was accused of beating, choking and kicking the groin of a 15-year-old mixed race boy while allegedly spewing racial slurs. The federal jury cleared Kroll of any misconduct.

A year later in 1996, a lawsuit was filed against MPD after a drug raid oversaw by Kroll went south leading to an MPD officer being shot by one of his own colleagues.

Kroll oversaw another botched raid in 2002, which led to a lawsuit against MPD and eventually led to the city paying out $60,000, according to a report by G.R. Anderson Jr. and Paul Demko of City Pages.

In 2003 Kroll was demoted for three months following “ethical violations,” according to the City Pages report.

A request for comment has been sent to the Minneapolis Police Federation but no response has been received at this time.

The full report by the Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee along with links to the stories can be read here.

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