Hugo, MN – A Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Minneapolis police union president’s house turned ugly on Saturday when a candidate for state representative called for burning down the Hugo community (video below).
More than 100 protesters gathered in front of the home of the Minneapolis police union president, Bob Kroll, and his wife, WCCO reporter Liz Collin on Aug. 15, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The protesters demanded that both Kroll and Collin be fired from their jobs.
Video of the incident showed John Thompson, last week’s winner of the Democratic primary for State House District 67A in St. Paul, calling for violence against police and innocent civilians, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
In the video, protesters were standing on neighbors’ lawns and threatening them and calling them racist.
The video showed some of the neighbors stood at the tops of their driveways and inside garages watching, and some of them were wearing Thin Blue Line shirts to show support for law enforcement even as the anti-police mob screamed threats at them.
When the video showed some of the neighbors went inside to get away from the protesters, Thompson screamed at them and tried to antagonize them to come out and fight.
“I’m a black man being terrorized by this f–king Klansman right here,” Thompson screamed at them through a sound system. “We are terrorized by the Grand Wizard. Y’all got the Grand Wizard living in your god–ned neighborhood.”
“Oh the Klan exists in Hugo, Minnesota and it’s right here,” he continued. “Don’t run now. Don’t run now, racist white people. I’m here. Oh yeah, we pulled up. We pulled the f–k up and we’re here. Come on over here with your Blue Lives Matter signs. Blue Lives ain’t s–t. And if the people of Hugo don’t support black people, f–k Hugo, Minnesota.”
“I won the primary election and y’all can quote me on this,” Thompson yelled. “I am going to the state capitol with this same f–king message that black people are tired of being killed in the f–king streets and y’all defending that s–t. Listen when I tell y’all the KKK ain’t never left the state of Minnesota. As a matter of a fact, we’re in Klan Land right now.”
Then he called out the “racist motherf–kers” wearing pro-police shirts and screamed a litany of obscenities at some white teenage girls who were standing in a driveway watching the chaos unfold.
“You ain’t never seen a legislator like this before,” Thompson vowed.
“We coming! We coming for everything that you mother–kers took from us,” he screamed.
“We coming for them seats. We coming for the money you owe us. Hold on, wait a minute, this whole damned state burned down for $20, you think we give a fuck about burning Hugo down?” Thompson screamed, referencing the false narrative that George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police for passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
The candidate continued to threaten the community where the police union president lived as though they should have already run Kroll out of town.
“I didn’t come here to be peaceful in Hugo, and kum ba yah, my lord” Thompson announced. “F–k Hugo, Minnesota. F–k Bob Kroll and f–k anybody who support his racist a–.”
He screamed that he was tired of talking about it and was ready to take action and then he said he would be taking on other Minnesota cities including Duluth and Virginia.
“We’re sick of your white a–es treating us like s–t and acting like we’re comfortable with it,” Thompson declared.
After several more anti-police speeches over a loudspeaker, the protesters smashed piñatas of Kroll and Collin before taking a knee in the street, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
So they're now allowed to trash your property. I assume that is a pinata of Bob Kroll, is this not menacing? (Hugo, MN) pic.twitter.com/h5n5fewzan
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) August 15, 2020
Thompson, who said he was running for office to honor his friend Philando Castile who was fatally shot by police, posted an apology to Facebook after his terrifying threats went viral.
“I want to make a positive difference and my comments on Saturday were not helpful,” he wrote. “Inflammatory rhetoric is not how I want to address the important issues we’re facing, and I apologize.”
Watch the scene unfold in the video below at 4:50. WARNING – Obscene Language: