The union president of the Minneapolis Police Department called Black Lives Matter “a terrorist organization” during a press conference about the federal investigation of two police officers involved in the Jamar Clark shooting.
On Nov. 15, Clark was taken into police custody and died due to a gunshot to the head after police claimed he reached for their guns. The two officers involved in the altercation, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, were cleared of all civil rights charges after the federal investigation.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Lieutenant Bob Kroll said, “I don’t see Black Lives Matter as a voice for the black community in Minneapolis. The disruption, the, you know, they firebombed the precinct. There were shootings outside the precinct, hundreds of thousands of dollars [of damage] to the precinct and squad cars.”
Black Lives Matter took to the streets in protest after the ruling, some burned down an American flag, while others assembled outside the county government center, chanting “indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail.” Many of the protesters held signs saying “Justice for Jamar.”
Kroll also castigated Mayor Betsey Hodges and Minneapolis city council members for fostering a “dangerous and unproductive atmosphere.”
“They let the process play out, and they were wrong. The officers’ actions were justified,” Kroll said.
Hodges recently spoke out, saying, “Bob Kroll’s rhetoric is divisive, irresponsible, and only serves to create problems rather than solve them.”
Meanwhile, Kroll has praised Ringgenberg and Schawrze for “going to a 911 call and doing their job. It’s a happy day for them. The truth came out and they prevailed.”
The two officers are currently in the middle of a third investigation by the Minneapolis Police.
The NAACP of Minneapolis and Black Lives Matter activists collected outside the FBI building to await the sentencing Wednesday, wearing shirts that said “Slavery Never Ended in America”.
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