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Journalists: Robert Kroll Is Not Credible on Race and Policing

Robert Kroll: Not Credible On Race and Policing

Lieutenant Robert Kroll, Head of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, elected to that position on April 30, 2015.

JOURNALISTS: WE WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING YOUR JOB: CONTEXTUALIZE QUOTES FROM KROLL ON RACE AND POLICE VIOLENCE.

This document has been prepared to begin a backgrounder for journalists on why we believe Lieutenant Robert, Kroll, current Head of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, and why we therefore demand that journalists who interview Kroll for their stories involving race and policing, must mention that he has persistently been accused not only of racism, but of actively embracing the organizations of White Supremacy, such as the Ku Klux Klan, and their slogans, such as “White Power.”

To report Kroll’s words in these contexts is not responsible journalism, and it reinforces the racist violence that law enforcement is permitted to inflict on communities and individuals of color in this state.

This preliminary report intends to accomplish two goals:

  1. To break the silence in the media regarding the clear and persistent loyalties to organized and explicit White Supremacist and racist ideals and organizations by law enforcement officer and PD Union Head Lieutenant Robert Kroll. This should have been done by journalists and not left to us. We therefore do not pretend to encyclopedism; these links are intended for journalists to begin this work, and to let journalists know that we expect them to do this work.
  2. To place journalists who interview Kroll on race-related stories on notice: the community of the Twin Cities will no longer stand for the complicity of media with racist police. It is reasonable to interview the Head of the Law Enforcement Union on race-related stories, especially, as is all to often, the use of violent officer force on citizens of color. It is not acceptable or reasonable, and will not longer be accepted, that in those contexts journalists fail to mention Kroll’s history of racism, or question why he is permitted to speak for law enforcement, or what that means for the Police Union.

 

Examples of Stories in which Kroll was permitted largely or entirely uncontextualized comment as head of the Police Union, on racial-justice issues.

 

Kroll comments on officer caught on tape using force in racist context…
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/07/cop-caught-on-video-threatening-to-break-teenagers-leg-during-traffic-stop-is-placed-on-leave-but-there-may-be-more-to-the-story/

 

Kroll argues against Personal Police Liability insurance:

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3803910.shtml

 

Kroll as MFP Pres opposed the repeal of spitting, lurking, other racist ordinances:

http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20150608/NEWS/150609642

 

Kroll thinks BLM is a destructive force, pulls out the Black On Black crime card:
http://www.questionthepremise.org/new-blog/2015/8/12/where-is-the-outrage

 

More on Kroll opposing the repeal of lurking ordinances:
http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-argues-the-repeal-of-spitting-and-lurking-laws/302858171/

 

Easily Internet-Searchable Documentation of Kroll’s Race Problem:

 

The very first picture in the images.google.com search for ““Robert Kroll” Minneapolis” is this (at bottom of this note) http://s263.photobucket.com/user/dalton124124/media/Robert_Krull_kkk.jpg.html

Below is a 2007 court document claiming involvement by Kroll and Timothy Dolan in the systematic racist hiring, promotion, and firing of Black police officers, and specifically pointing out that Kroll wore a “White Power” badge on his motorcycle jacket (see “City Heat,” below), had a history of racist behavior, and implies he may have been involved in the distribution of a “KKK” flyer to Black officers. This report is primarily about Kroll’s “Crony” Timothy Dolan, who also deserves a very hard look.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2007/12/04/MplsPD.pdf Pages (4-5, 15)

 

2007 City Pages article about that time that Kroll called Senator Keith Ellison a “Terrorist.”:http://www.citypages.com/news/shoot-from-the-lip-6688455

 

City Heat M.C.

Same article above largely discusses “City Heat,” the Chicago-based Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club with a Twin Cities chapter that has been accused of harboring White Supremacists.

“I am disturbed that these Minneapolis police officers associate with other law-enforcement officers who very publicly and proudly display racist symbols of hate next to their police department badge and patch,” said Minneapolis police Lt. Medaria Arradondo, a 20-year veteran.”

http://www.twincities.com/ci_11422860

 

It appears that in 1995 he was sued in Federal courts for “beating, choking and kicking in the groin a 15-year-old boy of mixed race while spewing racial slurs.”

Indeed, Kroll owns a lengthy record of brutishness.

 

In 1995, he was accused of kicking, beating, chocking, and using racial slurs against a 15-year-old boy. But a federal grand jury cleared him of any wrongdoing.

 

In 1996, Kroll oversaw an Emergency Response Unit that performed a botched drug raid. In the ensuing confusion, one MPD officer was shot by his own colleagues. (See “Friendly Fire,” CP 9/9/1997.)

 

In September 2002, Kroll was involved in an incident that eventually led to a city payout of $60,000. (See “The Hit Parade Revisited,” CP 7/20/2005.)

 

And in December, the city attorney recommended Minneapolis pay $15,000 to settle a suit accusing Kroll of beating and kicking a suspect in an impound lot downtown in February 2004.

 

“Bob Kroll’s record in dealing with minorities speaks for itself,” says former MPD cop Mike Quinn.
http://www.twincities.com/ci_11422860

 

Kroll has been accused of physically threatening a city councilman, Ralph Remington.

http://archive.southsidepride.com/2006/12/articles/policefederation.htm

 

As defendant in a 2004 case where he and another officer attacked a man at an Art Fair; the main question is whether they were acting as police officers at the time.
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/19/mpls-police-pretrial

 

He is one of the defendants in this civil case about excessive force from 2007.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-mnd-0_06-cv-00579/pdf/USCOURTS-mnd-0_06-cv-00579-0.pdf

 

So here is our demand to journalists covering Black Lives Matter,
and any issue that combines local policing and issues of race:

if you report on Kroll without mentioning his racism problem,
you have become part of the problem.

If you don’t talk about Kroll, we’ll talk about you.

 

Endorsed By:

Twin Cities General Defense Committee Local 14 | Black Lives Matter Saint Paul | ABC Detroit | ABC Kansas City | ARA Kansas City

 

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LT. Robert Kroll, Head of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, elected to that position on April 30, 2015, and notorious racist.

LT. Robert Kroll, Head of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, elected to that position on April 30, 2015, and notorious racist.

Reposted from Twin Cities General Defense Committee Local 14.

Unity against white supremacy & the Confederate flag

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Stand Against Racism and White Supremacy!

On Saturday morning, September 5th, supporters of the Confederate Flag – a symbol of white supremacy – will attempt to rally at the State Capitol building. We will be there to confront them.

History has shown that if you give organized racists and fascists an inch they will take a mile. We can’t just ignore them, hoping that they are too dumb or harmless. Organized fascists and white supremacists are weak in Minnesota only because anti-racists and anti-fascists have actively opposed them.

In the wake of the growing movement against racist violence, we must stand united against white-supremacist backlash.
Working-Class people of all nationalities and ethnicities need to unite against White Supremacy.

Please join us at the State Capitol on Saturday, September 5th to say “No!” to the Confederate Flag and “No!” to white supremacy.

-The Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee

When: Saturday, September 5, at 8:30am
Where: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Call for workshop proposals for 4th Annual Social Justice Education Fair

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From Classroom Struggle TC
Dear students, parents and caregivers, educators, and community members,
We are now accepting workshop proposals, due September 4, 2015
We’re looking for quality workshops of all types by students, parents, school staff, educators, after school workers, and community members for this year’s theme *Decolonizing Our Schools: Building Asian, Black, Brown, and Indigenous Power*. Check out our website for more information about the theme and to submit a proposal.
Interested in getting involved in the fair in other ways too?
Sincerely,
The Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Organizing Committee

May 26th school board action #studentsnotsuspects

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From Classroom Struggle Twin Cities

Upcoming MPS School Board Action, #StudentsNotSuspects:

Join the Social Justice Education Movement (SJEM) and the Coalition for Critical Change and come out to the upcoming special school board meeting to demand an end to cops in schools. At this meeting, the school board will determine a proposal for its contract for School Resource Officers (SROs).

May 26th, 6:00pm
Davis Center
1250 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 5541
Facebook Event: please share widely!

You can also show up with us to one of three upcoming budget forums to demand that the $500,000 going to SROs be reallocated to support restorative, transformative, and non-punitive programs. Visit the MPS website for date, times, and locations. We hope to see you there!

April 30: May Day Eve social and panel

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Join the Twin Cities IWW on April 30th for a May Day eve event! Members from some of the branch’s campaigns and projects will be on hand to speak and there will be snacks and May Day activities.

When: Thursday, April 30 @ 7PM

Where: 2 East Franklin, Suite 1, Minneapolis, MN

7th Annual ‘Red November, Black November’ a success!

Setting up for the 2009 Red November, Black November (Photo: Erik Davis)

Setting up for the 2009 Red November, Black November

 

Red November, Black November
Red November, black November,
Bleak November, black and red.
Hallowed month of labor’s martyrs,
Labor’s heroes, labor’s dead.

Labor’s wrath and hope and sorrow,
Red the promise, black the threat,
Who are we not to remember?
Who are we to dare forget?

Black and red the colors blended,
Black and red the pledge we made,
Red until the fight is ended,
Black until the debt is paid.

— Ralph Chaplin (1932)

This is a somber month for labor.

The Haymarket Martyrs were executed in November. Joe Hill was put before a firing squad in Utah during November. Bueventura Durruti was killed in November.  The Centralia, Everett and the First Columbine massacres all occurred in November.

It is for this reason that the Twin Cities General Membership Branch (GMB) of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) began to put together a yearly social event called ‘Red November, Black November’ (RNBN). Recognizing the importance of this month to organized labor, RNBN is held to remember and reflect on both our own efforts, as well as those who came before us.

November 22nd marked the seventh time RNBN has been held. A $10 ticket ($5 for kids) bought you a pozole dinner with two beverages, along with a full program of reports, music, a kids’ skit, a quiz, raffles and conversation with other IWW members. Although a Twin Cities focused event, Wobblies from Winnepeg, Toronto, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Indiana were in attendance. This year also coincided with an Organizer Training 102 that happened the same weekend.

After dinner, and interspersed with labor songs throughout, attendees heard reports from the outgoing Branch Secretary-Treasurers. The two officers went over some of the better practices they had tried to establish in 2014, as well as announced the branch’s move to a new, larger office in December.

Next were reports from campaigns that members have been involved in over the year. How the #handsupdontship job action came together, contacts with prison laborers and activity from ‘dual-carders’ in education were among some of the things talked about. Extra time was set aside to watch a video greeting recorded by a branch member currently in South Africa.

Moving on to perhaps the highlight of the night was the kids’ skit. Organized by the Junior Wobblies with the assistance of some of their parents and siblings, the skit featured the kids poking fun at the campaigns and experiences of the Twin Cities IWW. As usual, it received a lot of laughter and a standing applause.

A staffer from General Headquarters in Chicago attended, and gave a broad report of what has been going on in the union. This was followed reports from The Organizer editor and the Junior Wobblies. This was the last of the reports.

The event then moved on to a “Trivia Pub Quiz” with the winning table getting an extra entry into the raffle. The raffle, which every attendee got at least one entry in, consisted of a number of prizes, including items from May Day Books, thoughtcrime ink, Recomposition and individual members. The last part of RNBN involved making toasts. Wobblies raised their glasses and saluted each other’s efforts. It was a display of appreciation for tasks not always recognized. This concluded the 7th Annual Red November, Black November.

Twin Cities GMB member, Emmett D said after, “It was a successful event that captured the energy and hilarity of our union. I think a lot of people left feeling energized and excited to see what we can accomplish in the year ahead.”

Remember 1934!

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This month marks the 80th Anniversary of a series of important strikes in American history. The West Coast waterfront strike, the Toledo Auto-Lite strike and, closer to home, the Minneapolis trucker’s strike. All 3 of them were happening simultaneously in late Spring and Summer of 1934. The victories these strikes ended in (whether full or partial), set important precedents for industrial unionism, mass picketing, unemployed involvement, radicals being the decisive factor and breaking anti-union vigilante alliances.

Here in the Twin Cities, Remember ’34, a group created to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Minneapolis strike, is holding a series of events this weekend.

Thursday, July 17

“Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934″ book event, 6:30–9PM, Minneapolis Central Library, 2nd floor, Doty Board Room

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the 1934 truckers’ strikes, Canadian labor historian Bryan Palmer will talk about his book “Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934.” The strikes had state-wide significance and galvanized the labor movement in Minnesota.

Friday, July 18

Labor Movie Night, 6:00PM @ Bell Museum Auditorium

In 1934, a number of citywide and industry wide strikes changed the face of labor in this country. We’ll commemorate the 80th anniversary by sharing documentary footage of the most significant strikes of that year: West Coast Longshore Workers; Toledo Autolite Workers; Minneapolis Truckers; and Southern Textile Workers. This special screening is part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the strike that made Minneapolis a town. Special guest speakers include Joe Burns, author of Reviving the Strike and Strike Back, and Bryan Palmer, author of Revolutionary Teamster. Screening will be at the Bell Museum Auditorium on the U of M Mpls. Campus, corner of University Ave. & 17th Ave SE.

Saturday, July 19

Teamsters march, 3PM, starting at Star Tribune printing plant

The public is welcome to join Teamsters Local 120 for a march to the “Bloody Friday” site from a staging area near the Star Tribune printing plant at 800 North 1st St., Minneapolis. Teamsters Local 120 is the successor local to Teamsters Local 574, which waged the historic 1934 strike. Earlier in the afternoon July 19, Teamsters Local 120 will host a rally and picnic for its members at Boom Island Park. For more information, contact Paul Slattery at 651-343-1714.

One Day in July: a Street Festival for the Working Class, 4PM-10PM, 3rd St & 7th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

Featuring: I Self Devine, Tall Paul, MaLLy, Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings, Mad Dogs of Glory, Shannon Murray, The Blowout, Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance, The Little Thunderbirds Drum and Dance Troupe and more.

For the 80th anniversary of the events that “Made Minneapolis a Union Town” we are once again holding a street festival to commemorate the 1934 Teamsters strike and to remember and honor the victims of the “Bloody Friday” shootings.

Join us for this festival of Music, Art, Performance, Historical Displays, Food, and Speeches. We are not only commemorating the struggles of the past, but also pointing to the struggles of today and the future.

We will also be showcasing the design for a planned permanent historical marker on the site that we hope to place later this year.

Sunday, July 20

80th Anniversary Teamsters’ Strike Bike Tour, 10:30am, Peavey Plaza, Nicollet Mall and 11th Street

Bring your bike and join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Minneapolis Teamsters’ Strike by touring the important sites of the historic struggle and learning of their significance. The tour will terminate at the 80th Anniversary Picnic, where bikers can join the festivities that will include music, speakers, and food.

Depart at 10:30am from Peavey Plaza
Tour Historical Sites (Mostly Downtown)
Arrive at Minnehaha Park for Picnic celebration

80th Anniversary Picnic – Minnehaha Park, 12PM, 4655 46th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Descendants of participants in the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes will be honored at a picnic planned Sunday, July 20, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Wabun Picnic Area at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis (follow Godfrey Parkway north from Minnehaha Falls, turn right into Wabun Picnic Area). The event will feature brief speeches, a free picnic lunch, children’s games, and music by folksinger Larry Long and others

To contact the planners of the July 19 street festival and July 20 picnic, e-mail remember1934mpls[at]gmail.com or phone 612-802-1482. A facebook page, www.facebook.com/remember1934, also provides updates and posts featuring “this week in strike history.”

YARD SALE (Complete w/PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!)

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Please come this Sunday the 22nd to a double header fundraiser for the Junior Wobblies! We are raising money to fund Junior Wobblies, an outdoor adventure and political education camp for the next generation of labor organizers!

From 10-4 we will be having a yard sale! All proceeds go to funding camp! Rain location will be inside 4200 Cedar.

ADDITIONALLY we will be having a PANCAKE BREAKFAST from 11-2! Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 10AM-4PM
Location: 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

IWW Picket of Harriet Brewing and Tap Room

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Harriet Brewing and Tap Room is holding a SCAB FUNDRAISER for Sisters Camelot, a business that the IWW has been striking for over a year, through the self-organized Sisters Camelot Canvass Union (SCCU).

Sisters Camelot fired one of these workers on th the IWW on March 4th, 2013. Since then, the workers have been on strike. The National Labor Relations Board has consistently ruled in favor of the striking workers, and Sisters Camelot responded with ever-more-embarrassing tactics: allowing a notoriously misogynistic union-busting lawyer, John Hauge, to represent them pro bono, and even encouraging an attack on IWW members on May Day (of all days, they attack us on a day memorializing the fight for the 8-hour day!).

The IWW has called for a Complete Boycott.

The following unions have signed solidarity statements and pledged to encourage and enforce the boycott: AFSCME 34, AFSCME 3800, CWA 7250, and TEAMSTERS 638. The Twin Cities General Defense Committee has also condemned the Sisters Camelot Collective and thrown their full solidarity to the striking workers.

These striking workers have endured over a year of precarious existence, living with extremely few means, all as a result of the Sisters Camelot collective and their allies engaging in classic capitalist union busting techniques.

These workers provided approximately 95% of the Sisters Camelot funding base, as canvassers. They are on strike. Supporting a fundraiser is SCAB WORK.

The IWW has always enjoyed the Harriet Brewing Tap Room. Immediately across from our office, we have supported it and been customers since day one.

We assumed that this error was merely that – an error made without knowledge and in good faith. We assumed that after we reached out to the manager and owner and explained the situation, they would cancel the event.

But for the past two weeks, through emails, documents dropped off at the tap room, and many many phone calls, the management of the Tap Room has refused to respond.

 

We went in one last time on Thursday, and explained that if they did not cancel the fundraiser, we would picket, and that this picket would hurt their business. This is, after all, the intent of any picket. We told them we didn’t want this to happen, especially to the workers at the brewery, but that we have to look out for our Fellow Workers in the union first and foremost. We practically begged them to cancel this event.

But they haven’t.

So on SATURDAY, JUNE 21st, WE WILL GATHER AS MANY WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS AS WE CAN AND PICKET THEIR PAID EVENT, BEGINNING AT 6 PM.

Show up at 5:30 on the sidewalk across the street from the brewery! Show your support for independent worker-directed unions! Show your refusal to allow scabs and bosses to rule our world!

And yes – this is going to be FUN. Bring your party mindset.

Time:5:30 PM, Saturday, June 21 2014

Place: 3036 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406

Phone Blast Harriet Brewing!

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Sisters’ Camelot is a union-busting organization whose fundraising workers have been on strike since March 1, 2013 and have endured a long and brutal union-busting campaign by their bosses.

On May 4th a peaceful picket of the Sisters’ Camelot Kitchenbus was violently attacked by supporters of the union-busters at the May Day Festival. In response the Twin Cities IWW announced a complete boycott of Sisters’ Camelot whose canvass workers are still on strike. This boycott was endorsed by AFSCME Local 3800, AFSCME Local 34, Teamster Local 638, CWA Local 7250. More info can be found at: tcorganizer.com

Minneapolis bar & brewery Harriet Brewing has announced they will be hosting a fundraising event for Sisters’ Camelot on Monday, June 23rd.

Please call Harriet Brewing several times a day, every day this week with the following message:

“Harriet Brewing is hosting a fundraising event for union-busting organization Sisters’ Camelot on Monday, June 23rd. Sisters Camelots’ fundraisers are still on strike and there is currently a full boycott of Sisters’ Camelot that has been endorsed by five prominent local unions. Please publicly cancel the event and notify the striking workers union at twincities@iww.org.”

Here’s the phone number:

General phone: 612-315-4633

(call this number and ask to speak to a manager or whomever is in charge.

Call several times per day. Leave messages if you don’t get through. Call every day this week!

Their hours are:
Tuesday: 4:00-11:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00-11:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00-12:00 am
Friday: 4:00-12:00 am
Saturday: 1:00-12:00 am