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George Floyd had ‘violent criminal history’: Minneapolis police union chief

From Prison to Armed Robbery of of a Pregnant Lady- victim of cop killing had a bad past

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The head of the Minneapolis police union says George Floyd’s “violent criminal history” needs to be remembered and that the protests over his death are the work of a “terrorist movement.”

“What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd. The media will not air this,” police union president Bob Kroll told his members in a letter posted Monday on Twitter.

Floyd had landed five years behind bars in 2009 for an assault and robbery two years earlier, and before that, had been convicted of charges ranging from theft with a firearm to drugs, the Daily Mail reported.

Floyd died last week after a white cop kneeled on the 46-year-old black man’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, a shocking incident that was caught on video and is sparking widespread violent protests, including in New York City. Floyd had allegedly just tried to pass a phony $20 bill before he died. A video of the arrest on on May 25, in which Derek Chauvin knelt of Floyd's neck for over eight minutes until he died, went viral and sparked protests and riots across the U.S which have now lasted for seven days and led to the National Guard being deployed.

Kroll, pictured in uniform in 2018, now reportedly represents over 800 rank-and-file police offivers, and has led the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis for five years

 

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