Minneapolis police union head says Chauvin firing is justified but rank and file officers being scapegoated
June 24, 2020
The president of the Minneapolis police union said Derek Chauvin's deadly restraint of George Floyd is troubling and substantiates his firing, while he maintained steadfast support for the rank and file.
In his first public comments since Floyd's death on May 25, Lt. Bob Kroll said in a string of media interviews that members of the Minneapolis Police Federation are being unfairly "scapegoated by political leaders in our city and our state, and they have shifted their incompetent leadership, failed leadership onto us and our membership, and it is simply unjust."
However, he acknowledged in an interview aired Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," that Floyd's curbside arrest "does look and sound horrible" on the Facebook video shot by a bystander. It documents the unarmed and handcuffed Floyd repeating "I can't breathe" and begging for his life.