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Minneapolis police union says members have been 'scapegoated by political leaders'

Minneapolis police union says members have been 'scapegoated by political leaders'
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Bob Kroll, the head of Minneapolis’s police union, accused political leaders of “scapegoating” its members after the death of George Floyd and the arrest of former officer Derek Chauvin.

Kroll told CBS's Gayle KingGayle KingFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' Caitlyn Jenner: My family not 'involved whatsoever' in gubernatorial bid 'CBS This Morning' moving to new Times Square studio MORE that the union and its members “will be on the right side of history,” in response to comments by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo in which he said Kroll and others are going to have to come to a reckoning that either they are going to be on the right side of history or they are going to be on the wrong side of history. Or, "they will be left behind.”

“We believe that our membership, that we are elected to represent, has been unfairly scapegoated by political leaders in our city and our state and they have shifted their incompetent leadership — failed leadership — onto us and our members, and it's simply unjust. So here is our opportunity to hopefully set the record straight,” Kroll said, responding to Arradondo’s comments.

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Kroll and Arradondo, the department’s first African American chief, have a history dating back to before Floyd’s death. Arradondo was one of four Black Minneapolis officers who filed a 2007 lawsuit that accused the department of racial discrimination and claimed that Kroll called now-Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonMinneosta AG's office to prosecute case against officer charged in killing of Daunte Wright State trial for former officers charged in George Floyd's death moved to next year Lawyer for former officer charged in George Floyd death alleges witness coercion MORE (D), who had recently become the first Muslim elected to Congress, a “terrorist.”

Ellison himself told Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview Lewandowski says Trump has not spoken to him about being reinstated MORE last month that Kroll “operates as sort of an alternative chief who I think undermines good order in the department.”

Kroll also said widely-circulated footage of Floyd’s arrest, in which Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd’s protests that he could not breathe, was “horrific,” but said that body camera footage from officers on the scene had not been made available to the union, and “right now, we cannot make an informed decision regarding the other officers that do not appear on camera.”

He added that “It does look and sound horrible, I completely agree with you,” but said that it was incumbent upon department leadership to “stick with policy and give us what we are entitled to under policy” in terms of footage.