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St. Paul police chief says Rep. John Thompson misused his office in police interaction

Thompson. an independent from St. Paul, has clashed with officers before over a traffic stop


April 26, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

Rep. John Thompson, seen here in a committee hearing, arrived at the scene after police pulled over his daughter.

St. Paul police say state Rep. John Thompson yelled at officers Sunday after his daughter was pulled over, prompting a sharp rebuke from the city's police chief.

Thompson, an independent from St. Paul, arrived at a scene where police had pulled over his adult daughter, who had expired tabs and had swerved out of her lane, according to a St. Paul police summary. The department said he started yelling at officers over their treatment of his daughter and handing out his legislative business cards.

The legislator has clashed with police in the past. In one incident last year, he contended a St. Paul officer racially profiled him during a traffic stop when he was cited for driving with a suspended license. Thompson and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment Monday.


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