FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, MN, June 4, 2020 – The Minnesota State Council of Machinists today called for the immediate resignation of President of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, Bob Kroll, in the wake of the officer-involved death of George Floyd.
“As President of the Minnesota State Council of Machinist, I am calling on you to resign immediately,” wrote Council President John Steigauf in a letter to Kroll dated today. “Leadership of an organization requires us to be able to look at situations and make the difficult decision to see a wrong and address it as such. The events that have transpired over the past two weeks, required you to make that decision, to protect and serve the community, as well as the community of officers that you were elected to represent. The words and actions that you have chosen to use have failed both of these groups and has further enraged the people of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
“The death of Mr. George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a senseless act that as a leader you should have condemned immediately, took steps to heal the community, as well as address your officers to express your dissatisfaction with the performance of the four individuals involved and express your expectations for officers going forward. None of which you did.”
The Minnesota State Council of Machinists called on Kroll to show integrity and accountability by resigning immediately and allowing “necessary changes to begin.”
For more on the letter, click here.
About the IAMAW
The Minnesota State Council of Machinists represents more than 5,400 active and retired members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing nearly 600,000 active and retired members in manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries in both the U.S. and Canada.