Footage shows DFL candidate beating effigy of reporter on her front driveway

Thompson was filmed beating pinatas of Kroll and Collin while standing on their driveway.

Footage of Saturday’s protest in Hugo, Minnesota captured by Alpha News shows DFL legislative candidate John Thompson beating effigies of Bob Kroll and his wife on their front driveway.

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside Kroll’s home Saturday to protest his support for the officers involved in the death of George Floyd, whom he believes were fired without due process.

Kroll leads the Minneapolis police union and is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, while his wife, Liz Collin, is an anchor for WCCO. Activists have called for both Kroll and Collin to be fired from their jobs.

Thompson was filmed beating pinatas of Kroll and Collin while standing on their driveway.  The incident takes place around the 33-minute mark in the video below.

Earlier in the protest, Thompson threatened to burn down the city of Hugo and vowed to come for “everything you motherf–ers took from us.”

“This whole [vulgarity] state burned down for 20 [vulgarity] dollars. You think we give a f– about burning Hugo down?” he added.

He then told a man holding a blue lives matter sign to “take that sign” and “stick it in [his] ass,” Alpha News reported.

Thompson won his primary last week and has received the endorsement of the Minnesota DFL Party, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Rep. Betty McCollum, and Gov. Tim Walz, who still had not commented on the matter as of Monday.

The district Thompson hopes to represent, 67A, is in St. Paul, not Minneapolis, where Kroll is a police officer, nor Hugo, where Kroll lives.

Thompson apologized for his comments in a statement released Sunday night.



Anthony Gockowski

Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.