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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 10:08 PM

Hold state Rep. John Thompson accountable - strib editorial

Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, who accused a St. Paul police officer of making a stop based on race, has earned himself a whole lot of scrutiny. Thompson recently stood outside the governor's residence during a rally to remember Philando Castile and complained that he had been profiled by a St. Paul police sergeant for "driving while Black." St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell takes such accusations seriously, so he reviewed body worn camera footage from the incident himself. It was, he said in a Facebook post, a "by the books" traffic stop.

Axtell said he was "dismayed and disappointed by the state representative's response to the stop. Rather than taking responsibility for his own decisions and actions, he attempted to deflect, cast aspersions and deny any wrongdoing." Thompson, he concluded, "owes our sergeant an apology."

Making public the bodycam footage would settle the dispute, but Thompson has refused permission. Gov. Tim Walz on Sunday rightly said Thompson should allow the footage to be released. Thompson made prompt release of bodycam footage a signature issue during the last legislative session, as a means of holding police accountable when their actions are questioned. And indeed, footage should be released whether it exonerates or incriminates officers.

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Brian Peters, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, said in a statement that Thompson's refusal to allow the footage to be seen was "hypocritical and irresponsible," noting that "constituents have the right to see how their legislator conducted himself ."

There's more. A state public safety official told the Pioneer Press that Thompson's driving privileges were revoked in April 2019 at the request of county officials because of unpaid child support. Thompson appears to have been driving illegally in Minnesota ever since, until just days ago, when back support was paid and his privileges reinstated. So why were his privileges revoked and not his license? Thompson, it turns out, has never had a Minnesota driver's license. Instead, he holds a Wisconsin driver's license, which he has renewed repeatedly over more than 20 years, most recently in November 2020, when he won a legislative seat on the claim of being a "proud East Sider" for 18 years.

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This situation, frankly, requires more. Thompson should be held accountable for his accusations. He should be required to furnish proof that he indeed resides in the state of Minnesota and, if he does, explain his application for a Wisconsin license. House leaders should insist that he take responsibility for his actions.

https://www.startribune.com/hold-state-rep-john-thompson-accountable/600077402/

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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 10:51 PM

1. he sounds like a world class hypocrite

disappointing

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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 10:55 PM

2. Ok, but have they called for the 1/6 supporters in congress to be held accountable?

If not, I'm not interested in what they have to say.

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Response to iemanja (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 12, 2021, 11:15 PM

3. The Strib's ediorial board has been consistent in calling for a 1/6 investigation

and taken Republican reps to task for voting against the commission.

It has not gone as far as to accuse them as actively supporting the insurrection but if the evidence becomes clear that they did, I think it would go after them.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 12, 2021, 11:27 PM

4. Ok, fair enough

I tried to subscribe to them but they never delivered the paper, despite charging me.

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Response to iemanja (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 12, 2021, 11:32 PM

5. I think they have a hard time finding carriers to deliver it

I've been lucky as I've had a fantastic carrier for years now. I dread the day she finally gives it up, I'll probably have to go to just the on-line edition and I will really miss my physical newspaper. (Yes, I'm that old :hi

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