If you're looking for a reason why the city of Minneapolis is looking to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and start anew, one of the stronger data points seems to be the MPD Union and Kroll's leadership of it. The union seems to have such a hold on the department, is seemingly in a leadership role in the department's resistance to reform, and its union leader has a long history of unprofessional statements and inappropriate police action.
I hope the city of Minneapolis find success with this plan. It's my home town and I really want them to succeed. Don't be so simplistic to think that the future means calling 911 and nobody comes to help when something goes wrong. Policing in the city will not cease; but what it means to police needs to change.
More Bob Kroll:
- Bob Kroll called the police on a reporter seeking comment.
- Bob Kroll is married to a WCCO-TV anchorperson/reporter, and has threatened a local newspaper in an apparent attempt to prevent them from noting this.
- Retired MPD Officer Michael Quinn wrote a book called, "Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence: What bad cops don't want you to know and good cops won't tell you." Bob Kroll's not happy about that. When mention of burglary of the author's garage later came up on a police forum, Bob Kroll suggested that MPD didn't respond intentionally, implying it was to punish Quinn for speaking out. Bob also said, "Any time you want to meet to solve our differences I'm game." Charming.