Police union says it's been 'scapegoated' after Floyd death

  • FILE - In this July 30, 2018 file photo, Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll speaks during a news conference in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting a powerful union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

    FILE - In this July 30, 2018 file photo, Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll speaks during a news conference in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting a powerful union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey kneels and weeps by the casket of George Floyd before a memorial service in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union.

    FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey kneels and weeps by the casket of George Floyd before a memorial service in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, a group of protesters surround several National Guard vehicles driving on Lake Street towards the blockade under the Hiawatha Light Rail station forcing them to reverse out in Minneapolis, Minn. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP File)

    FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, a group of protesters surround several National Guard vehicles driving on Lake Street towards the blockade under the Hiawatha Light Rail station forcing them to reverse out in Minneapolis, Minn. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Police Department Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo, speaks in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP File)

    FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Police Department Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo, speaks in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Local politicians and police leaders have long blamed an entrenched culture in the department and the union. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 28, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a news conference in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Mayor Frey said, "What we're talking about right now is attacking a full-on culture shift of how police departments in Minneapolis and around the nation operate." (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a news conference in Minneapolis. Talk of changing the Minneapolis Police Department is everywhere in the wake of George Floyd's death in an encounter with four officers. But real change may depend on confronting the powerful police union that has resisted similar attempts for years. Mayor Frey said, "What we're talking about right now is attacking a full-on culture shift of how police departments in Minneapolis and around the nation operate." (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP File) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/23/2020 9:49 AM

MINNEAPOLIS -- Leaders of the Minneapolis police union acknowledged Tuesday that bystander video of the police encounter with George Floyd was 'œhorrific' but said they've been denied the chance to look at body camera video that could shed more light on what happened before Floyd ended up on the ground.

Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee into his neck for nearly 8 minutes and held it there even after Floyd said he couldn't breathe and stopped moving. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

All four officers were fired.

The union issued a statement soon after Floyd died cautioning the public not to rush to judgment and saying the union would provide its 'œfull support' to the officers. The union has since been mostly silent. But on Tuesday, the union's president, Lt. Bob Kroll, told 'œCBS This Morning' that he thinks union members are being scapegoated for incompetent department leadership.

Kroll acknowledged that widely seen cellphone video of Floyd's death is 'œhorrific,' but that the union was left 'œblindsided' by being denied the right to review officer body camera video.

'œRight now we cannot make an informed decision regarding the other officers that do not appear on camera,' he said.

Union director Rich Walker said 'œany human being' that watches the bystander video knows that Floyd's arrest 'œshould not have ended the way it did.' But Walker questioned statements that Floyd didn't resist officers because the union hasn't seen footage of the minutes leading up to what the bystander video showed.

After Floyd's death, Chief Medaria Arradondo said he was pausing contract negotiations with the union to consider major changes. Anna Hedberg, another union director, told 'œCBS This Morning' that before Floyd's death the union had been having 'œgreat conversations' with city leaders and Arradondo. She said it's 'œdumbfounding to me that one incident, we become the scapegoat to having a bad officer.'

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