Minnesota Weighs Ban on Publishing Dwelling Handle of Police Officers

A invoice titled Senate File 1197, that will make it a misdemeanor to publicize the house deal with of regulation enforcement personnel or their relations with out consent, has acquired uncommon bipartisan help within the Minnesota legislature after protests final yr that stoked fears of violence in opposition to civil servants, reports the Minnesota Post. Among the many protests that resulted from the killing of George Floyd was one on the Hugo residence of Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll. One of many individuals was now-state Rep. John Thompson, DFL-St Paul, who at one level threatened to burn the city of Hugo. The protest, which included the beating of effigies of Kroll and his spouse, continues to carry the eye of lawmakers.

The invoice’s prime sponsor, DFL Senator Karla Bigham of Cottage Grove, mentioned that whereas she supported the appropriate to protest, protesting on the houses of cops and public officers will not be productive and will endanger the protection of neighborhoods and communities the place demonstrations happen. Her invoice doesn’t prolong to elected officers, solely cops. And the crime can be triggered solely when dissemination of residence addresses, instructions to a house or pictures of a house “poses an imminent and severe risk to the officer’s security or family member’s security” and the particular person distributing the knowledge “is aware of or moderately ought to know of the upcoming and severe risk.”