The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) will no longer be backing multiple Democratic Party candidates in the Land of 10,000 Lakes after a prominent candidate beat an effigy of Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll and his wife in his Kroll’s driveway while shouting “blue lives ain’t s–t.”
The MPPOA, which represents 10,000 police officers in Minnesota decided afterward to rescind two endorsements it had given Democrat incumbents in the state legislature and instead back their Republican challengers.
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips reports:
Minneapolis state house candidate John Thompson stood outside the police union leader’s home and and gave an expletive-laden speech to a crowd of Black Lives Matter demonstrators in August.
“Come on over here with your ‘Blue Lives Matter’ sign,” he said. “Blue lives ain’t s—, and if people in Hugo don’t support black people, f— Hugo.”
Thompson had won his primary in the heavily Democratic district the week before. He faced intense backlash for his remarks and later apologized.
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
But in a letter to state House Speaker Melissa Hortman released this week, Brian Peters, executive director of the association, said his group is deeply frustrated by the DFL caucus’ support of Thompson after he was filmed beating pinata effigies of Kroll and his wife, a TV news anchor.
The DFL or Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is the Democratic Party affiliate in Minnesota. It is one of only two states with a different name for the state Democratic Party, the other being North Dakota.