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Trump Killed Obama’s Police Reforms. Now He’s Getting What He Asked For.

Last October, Minneapolis Police Union president Bob Kroll appeared at a Trump rally.

Clad in his red “Cops for Trump” T-shirt, Kroll (who has been alleged to be affiliated with white supremacists) gloated that the president had unshackled his officers from the restraints imposed by Trump’s predecessor.

“The Obama administration and the handcuffing and oppression of police was despicable,” he told the crowd.

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“The first thing President Trump did when he took office was turn that around, got rid of the Holder-Loretta Lynch regime and decided to start takin— letting the cops do their job, put the handcuffs on the criminals instead of us.”

We will never know if that unshackling emboldened Derek Chauvin to murder George Floyd . But the line between the relief demanded by Kroll on behalf of Minneapolis police, and the naked assassination committed on camera by one of his officers, is quite direct.

The world around us, in which the streets of every major American city are filled with protesters , is the result of Trump granting the wishes of the most retrograde police officers. They are getting what they asked for.

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