Rep. Thompson sentenced for misdemeanor amid calls for him to resign

His conviction is related to obstructing the legal process at a hospital in 2019.
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Minnesota state Rep. John Thompson has been found guilty of obstructing the legal process in connection to a disturbance at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale in 2019. 

The first-term DFL legislator, who was elected in 2020, was sentenced Wednesday amid allegations of domestic abuse and calls from DFL leaders for his resignation.

He was sentenced to six months probation and a $200 fine after prosecutors said he blocked a door, shouted at hospital workers and police officers, and resisted arrest, MPR News said. Thompson challenged the misdemeanor charge in court in an effort to defend himself and his reputation, the publication notes. 

Thompson, DFL-St. Paul, testified in court that he was trying to get information about a friend who'd attempted to kill themself, KSTP said.

"I'm gonna continue to fight for people who look like me, people who don't have a voice," Thompson said after the verdict, according to the news station. "I'm gonna continue to be that voice. This is a bump in the road for me, man."

Thompson has faced scrutiny after claiming he was racially profiled during a traffic stop on July 4. During the traffic stop, it was learned he has a Wisconsin driver's license, which raised questions about his residency and eligibility to hold office in Minnesota.

Related [July 17]: Video: Police bodycam footage of Rep. John Thompsons' July 4 traffic stop

Then, FOX 9 reported several previous allegations of domestic violence against the legislator, which prompted Gov. Tim Walz and other DFLers, including House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, to call for his resignation. Thompson has denied the allegations.

Thompson on Wednesday said he needs a few days to make a decision on whether he'll resign, KARE 11 said.

Related [July 17]: Walz, DFL call on Rep. Thompson to resign amid domestic violence reports

In a letter to House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, Hortman said the reports about Thompson are "deeply troubling" but she'll wait to take any action against him until any ethics complaints and/or court proceedings are finished. 

In response, Daudt said: "I’m disappointed in Speaker Hortman’s inaction. The demands for Rep. Thompson’s resignation from Speaker Hortman and the DFL majority ring hollow when they refuse to take any steps to hold him accountable. We are reviewing Speaker Hortman's letter and will be preparing a response."

Hortman has previously stripped a legislator of their committee assignments. Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, was removed from his committees after police reports related to a drunken altercation at a hospital in 2019. However, the Pioneer Press says Grossell didn't dispute the allegations as Thompson has. 

According to Axios, the House Ethics Committee will hear another complaint against Thompson on Friday. 

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