- The Washington Times - Friday, June 3, 2016

The president of the Minneapolis police union had some harsh words for the Black Lives Matter movement after the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark were cleared Wednesday of any wrongdoing.

Lt. Bob Kroll criticized Mayor Betsy Hodges and several Minneapolis City Council members for “contributing to the disruption and takeover of the 4th Precinct” after Black Lives Matter activists protested outside the police station for 18 days following the November death of Clark, a 24-year-old unarmed black man.

“The officers’ actions were justified,” Lt. Kroll said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon, a local CBS News affiliate reported. “Jamar Clark dictated the circumstances that night.

He also blasted the Black Lives Matter movement for the damage demonstrators caused to city property.

“I don’t see Black Lives Matter as a voice for the black community in Minneapolis,” Lt. Kroll said. “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.”

“Real black leaders will tell you this is a terrorist organization that puts out false narratives,” he said.

“From the beginning, Black Lives Matter and other activist organizations have attempted to publicly communicate mistruths and incomplete information regarding the Clark incident,” he explained in a statement released Wednesday by the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, a local Fox News affiliate reported. “The false narratives spewed by Black Lives Matter and select city elected officials contributed to a dangerous and unproductive atmosphere for Minneapolis police officers, visitors and residents alike.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau dismissed Lt. Kroll’s comments in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Bob Kroll does not speak for the Minneapolis Police Department,” Chief Harteau said. “Many are frustrated and find his comments divisive.”


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