Skip to main content

After mayor's insult, Minneapolis police union is selling #jackass shirts

  • Author:
  • Updated:

An insult from mayor Betsy Hodges has sparked an unlikely fundraising idea for the Police Officers' Federation of Minneapolis.

The police officer union's charity arm has started selling shirts emblazoned with #jackass, and KARE 11 reports they've proved a hit with union members.

Why #jackass? The white letters laid on a black shirt are the latest move in an ongoing feud between federation president Lt. Bob Kroll and Mayor Hodges.

It all started when four off-duty Minneapolis police officers pulling security at a Lynx game walked off the job because Lynx players were wearing shirts said "Black Lives Matter" on them.

Their shirts also featured references to police shooting victims Afton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the crest of the Dallas Police Department following the killing of five officers during a protest.

Kroll commended the officers and said other would likely do the same. He also said only four officers were working at the time because the Lynx have a "pathetic draw."

Long story short, Hodges called out Kroll on "jackass remarks," in this Facebook post.

A police federation spokesperson told BringMeTheNews that the money raised from the sales of the shirts will go into the federation's charity fund.

These funds are disbursed throughout the year to various local causes.

Next Up

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.


Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.


Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.


Screen Shot 2019-10-07 at 8.58.30 AM

Ahead of Trump rally, Mpls. police union is selling 'Cops for Trump' t-shirts

The proceeds from the shirt go to union-supported charities.

Bob Kroll is re-elected as the head of Minneapolis police union

The Police Federation head is a steadfast defender of rank-and-file police, but has courted criticism for his controversial views.