BLOOMINGTON – Today, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) District 8 National Vice President Gregg James released the following statement calling for the immediate resignation of Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis President Bob Kroll.
AFGE District 8 represents federal employees, including federal law enforcement officers, in Minnesota, as well as Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
“As Americans, we were all outraged by the stunning murder of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. The tragic video showed in stark terms the unequal justice faced too often by black Americans and inspired in all of us a sense that real change is needed.
“As the largest union representing federal government employees, we are proud to represent federal law enforcement officers and of the job they do protecting our communities every day.
“But, as a union that represents law enforcement officers, we also have a special responsibility to ensure that the labor movement doesn’t serve as a shield for bad actors or a barrier to needed structural change in our criminal justice system. We cannot allow our labor movement to be co-opted, perverted, or used to further racist aims and unequal treatment under the law for black Americans.
“On these fronts, Minneapolis Police Union President Bob Kroll has failed his members, the labor movement, the city of Minneapolis, and all Americans who are united for justice in the face of George Floyd’s murder.
“Kroll has a history of inflammatory and racist rhetoric, but his latest attempt to justify the unjustifiable murder of George Floyd and pledge to smear Floyd’s memory in the course of representing the four fired officers who have been charged in connection with the killing is a clear and unmistakable demonstration that Kroll is unfit for leadership of any kind in the labor movement.
“He is a disgrace to union members everywhere, and he must resign immediately.”