GOP candidate: Daunte Wright killing was result of low police morale

Doug Wardlow is running for MN attorney general.

A prominent Minnesota Republican is under fire following an interview in which he said Daunte Wright "might still be alive if we didn't have so much pressure against the police."

Doug Wardlow, a former state representative who's running a second time for Minnesota attorney general, made the comments during a conversation with conservative talk show host Joe Pags.

Both Wardlow and Pags blamed a number of recent police killings on the victims' failure to comply with officers, something Wardlow said was the result of a "false narrative that's being spread and perpetuated by folks like Keith Ellison and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar."

That narrative, he said, makes people believe "police hate people of a certain race" and that there's "systemic racism" in police departments — both of which he says are "completely untrue."

"Because that's out there... it causes people to not want to comply with police, and it leads to terrible and tragic outcomes."

The Minnesota DFL shared a portion of the interview on Twitter, which you can see right here:

Due to the public pressure on law enforcement in recent years, Wardlow said, "the morale of police is so low, it makes it more likely for them to make mistakes and for accidents like this to happen."

He went on to say that "anybody who actually cares about Black lives, or all lives for that matter, should be supporting police."

In its tweet, the DFL called Wardlow's comments "beyond insulting." 

"This man is not fit to serve Minnesotans," the party said. 

Daunte Wright was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center on Sunday, April 11. Brooklyn Center PD officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department, is facing second-degree manslaughter charges.

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