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Minneapolis Police Federation president blasts city council on national TV

Updated: September 19, 2019 06:49 PM

Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll went on national television Thursday and criticized the Minneapolis City Council.

Kroll says the council ran on an "anti-police" agenda and that's the reason there isnt a bigger investment to put more officers on the streets.

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"It's an ultra left agenda here that the police are the problem," said Bob Kroll, Minneapolis Police Federation President. "They encourage de-policing."

Kroll's criticism comes following the arrests of nearly two dozen people in connection to two violent robberies that were caught on camera in downtown Minneapolis. To deter this type of crime, Kroll supports the police chief's push to add 400 more officers over the next several years. But the mayor's budget proposal includes adding just 14 right now.

"We need more officers out there," Kroll said.

Kroll cites the fact that the city has less officers now than it did 20 years ago.

"We're not keeping up with the pace of the growth of the city," Kroll said. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS looked up crime stats for the First Precinct that includes downtown. It shows while violent crimes are up compared to last year, numbers are relatively flat over the last 5 years.

"You've got a chief that you unanimously selected, let him do his job give him the resources that he needs to do his job and stop the micromanaging," Kroll said. 

"I do think there is a better approach," said Alondra Cano, Minneapolis City Councilmember. 

Multiple members of Minneapolis City Council say they heard about Kroll's comments. Many including Cano don't think his appearance on national TV is productive. 

"I think that's a misreading on how we are governing," Cano said. 

Councilmember Cano supports the need for more officers, but insists instead of listening to Kroll, it's important to hear the public on this issue.

Robbery incidents in downtown Minneapolis result in 20 arrests, 18 charges

"I want to hear more from other residents who are experiencing this topic in their neighborhoods and we have time to come to a number that will make sense to people," Kroll said. 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's office released a statement saying, "Minneapolis is a growing and thriving city, Chief Arradondo and I have made clear that we need to continue working to address public safety and improve community-police relations. The Chief and I have also made clear one way we're working to achieve both those goals is by hiring additional officers. 
 
"As a peace officer, Lieutenant Kroll's core responsibility should be working to improve public safety, not inciting fear and further sensationalizing tragic public safety events in our city."

There are more public meetings yet to occur regarding budget. The final budget adoption is set for December 11th.

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