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Bob Kroll called police on Washington Post reporter who knocked on his door

BMTN has obtained the police report from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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A Washington Post reporter was pulled over by police shortly after he had knocked on the front door of Police Federation of Minneapolis president Bob Kroll, seeking comment for a story.

Robert Klemko mentioned the sequence of events in this June 3 story about murder and aiding and abetting charges being filed against all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd on May 25.

He had gone to the home of Kroll seeking comment, after the union leader expressed support for the officers in the wake of their firing, and was pulled over shortly after leaving the property when there was no answer.

The WaPo wrote:

"Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis police union, has not responded to multiple requests for comment but said in a letter to union members Monday that the officers were terminated 'without due process.'

"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that “he doesn’t want any press."

BMTN has obtained a copy of the police report from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, which states that the officer "had received a call from Lt. Robert Kroll ... in relation to suspicious activity at his residence."

"Kroll stated that a tall black male had rang his doorbell and he didn't answer the door. Kroll stated that the male was driving a silver Toyota and had just left the area," the report says.

Kroll has been under growing pressure to resign his position in the wake of Floyd's death, with the foundation's offices in Northeast Minneapolis being the subject of several protests this past week. Protesters also targeted the offices of WCCO, where Kroll's wife, anchor Liz Collin, works.

The officer states that he found the silver Toyota a short time after the call from Kroll and initiated a traffic stop.

"I observed that the driver was alone in his vehicle and I saw that he was holding his cellphone up by the rear view mirror and was recording me," the officer wrote.

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After showing his driver's license and confirming he had been at Kroll's house, Klemko asked the officer "if I stopped every driver for going to someone's house," with the officer saying he replied, "yes because it's suspicious."

Klemko told the officer he was press and "wanted to interview Bob Kroll."

"I advised Klemko that Kroll did not want that," the officer wrote.

After giving Klemko back his license and returning to his squad car, the officer notes that Klemko did a U-turn and "asked me if (what) I had done was a good use of taxpayers' dollars."

"I told him it was and that I had the right to stop him for suspicious activity."

"Klemko recorded me with his phone the entire stop," the officer added.

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the police federation for comment. 

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