Elected Officials Must Stop Villainizing the Police
In the latest escalation of the far-left’s attack on the police, on Sunday, Rep. John Thompson appeared at the scene of a traffic stop and reportedly attempted to intimidate and obstruct police officers investigating Thompson’s adult family member for a traffic violation. As you may remember, Thompson was the DFL candidate in 2020 who proclaimed “Blue lives ain’t s–t!” and threatened to burn down homes in Hugo, Minnesota. He subsequently won the election and entered the Minnesota House of Representatives as a DFL legislator in January 2021.
Sadly, individuals intimidating and interfering with police officers doing their job is a tragic yet predictable outcome from the harmful narratives that villainize the police and embolden criminals.
From the “defund the police” movement, to justifying riots and looting, rushing to convict police officers in the court of public opinion rather than a court of law, and public attempts to influence jurors, our police officers have been unduly attacked by elected officials. As a result, public safety has suffered with criminal activity spiking in the Twin Cities and suburbs.
Minnesotans deserve better. No police officer should be subjected to attempts of intimidation or prevented from doing their job, especially by an elected official, regardless of the circumstances.
I am running to develop strong policies that provide police the resources they need, ensure the mental health and wellness of law enforcement professionals, and push back against harmful narratives that villainize the police and embolden criminals.
Together, we will support the police, strengthen community relationships, and ensure public safety.