Suburbs enact bans on neighborhood protests.
So-called protests by leftist agitators, anarchists and activists have left a devastating mark on the Twin Cities that will likely take decades to erase. But that’s not good enough for some hardcore demagogues who have taken their mantra of “the personal is political” to a potentially dangerous new level by targeting their ideological adversaries in their neighborhoods and homes.
Since May, according to a scorecard compiled by KSTP-TV, there have been more frequent protests outside the homes of Minnesota political leaders and harassment of their families while at home.
Several Twin Cities suburbs view the threats so seriously that they’re taking steps to bar such protests, like the angry mob last summer that gathered outside the Hugo residence of Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll and his wife, WCCO’s Liz Collins.
“The crowd waved signs, shouted through bullhorns, and smashed effigies of Kroll and his wife,” according to the Pioneer Press. “In videos that circulated on social media, John Thompson, a DFL-endorsed candidate for House District 67A who won election earlier this month, threatened to burn Hugo and said, ‘Blue Lives ain’t (expletive).’”
In response, the city of Hugo enacted a ban on protests that target residences, and Lino Lakes recently began the process to adopt a similar ban. In Lake Elmo, the city’s Public Safety Committee has also heard a presentation about a potential ban.
No doubt the usual suspects will do what they do best—namely protest—in response to the residential restrictions. But even they acknowledge the bans are likely legal.