Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other state Democrats on Friday called on state Representative John Thompson to resign Saturday after previous allegations of domestic abuse surfaced, according to reports.
The state legislator was already embroiled in several controversies, including a suspended driver’s license, his residency potentially outside his district and a dubious claim of racial profiling that he leveled against police during traffic stops.
Johnson, who was first elected last year, has been accused of beating and strangling women – sometimes when young children were present – and of allegedly exposing himself, Fox 9 in Minneapolis reported. .
“The alleged acts of violence against many of the women mentioned in these reports are serious and very disturbing,” Walz said in a statement, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Representative Thompson can no longer be effectively a leader and must resign immediately.”
The allegations were first reported by LOVEBYLIFE 9 on Friday night, when the station was investigating Thompson’s residence, which came under question during a July 4 traffic stop during which he accused the officer of racism. was.
Thompson, through a lawyer, has denied the allegations against LOVEBYLIFE 9. Representatives for the legislator did not immediately respond to LBL’ late-night request for comment.
Thompson was arrested in 2003 for allegedly hitting his then-girlfriend in the parking lot of a grocery store in front of his 5-year-old daughter. According to Fox 9, he eventually pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
A year later the same girlfriend reportedly called the police, accusing him of hitting her, throwing her on the kitchen table and strangling her in front of her three children in her apartment.
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He claimed that he told her “I will press you until you can’t breathe,” Fox 9 reported. The girlfriend reportedly told police the day before that she told him and her daughter, “I hope you both die.”
The girlfriend was taken to a shelter and it is unclear whether Thompson faced charges.
In 2009, police responded to an incident where Thompson allegedly exposed himself to a woman and two children during an argument. “I’m the man, all you can do– my d-,” he said after allegedly taking out his penis. No charges were leveled.
The next year, police were called when a woman who said she had been in a relationship with Thompson for years and had two children with her claimed that he pulled out his penis and “kissed the tip” during an argument in front of the children. Told him to and relatives. She also told the police that he later strangled her and said, “I will keep pressing you until your voice stops.” No charges were leveled.
“Mr. Thompson denies the allegations,” said his lawyer, Jordan Kushner. Fox 9. “The end results speak for themselves. We are currently focusing on [Thompson’s current] This is not the time to test and cut these police reports from 10-18 years ago.”
Kushner said he had no plans to resign as of Saturday. “It’s a shame that there is no concern about the due process,” he told the Star Tribune.
Thompson was cited earlier this month in Minnesota for allegedly driving with a Wisconsin license that was suspended in 2019 for failure to pay child support in Ramsey County, Minnesota.
This week court documents related to a trial where he is accused of disorderly conduct were also being sent to an address outside his St. Paul district.
Thompson alleges that he was abused by police at North Memorial Medical Center in November 2019, when a group gathered at the hospital for a friend, who was a patient.
Their claims are very different from those of police and prosecutors, however, police said the hospital went into lockdown after around 50-75 people started fighting and banging at the windows.
Thompson alleges that the police and security guards treated black Americans in the crowd harshly, and directly called the police racists. He says an officer responded by calling him an “idiot” and arrested him for trespassing.
He is fighting the case in the court against the allegation of rape.
Kushner said that state representatives have always been in his district, but were unaware that the court documents were sent to an address outside his district. Minnesota law requires state representatives to live in their district.
Earlier this month a video of Thompson’s traffic stop in which he claimed to have been racially profiled was released by the St. Paul Police Department.
“I’m too old to escape the police, man,” Thompson told the officer in the July 4th stop’s video. “You profiled me because you saw me dead in the face and I got a ticket for driving while black. You pulled me over because you saw a black face in this car, bro. There’s no way in hell I can take you with me.” Going after me… you looked in this car and busted a U-turn and got behind my car, and this is the reason.”
He was initially pulled over for not having a license plate in front.
Thompson’s claim unearthed St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell To demand an apology, he reviewed the bodycam footage and found it had “nothing to do with the driver’s race.”
“Simply put, the traffic stop was from the books,” Extel said in a Facebook post. “Whatever happened afterwards, I am dismayed and dismayed by the state representative’s reaction to the stop. Instead of taking responsibility for his own decisions and actions, he diverted attention, objected, and denied any wrongdoing. Tried to do it.”
Thompson has not responded to Axtell’s call for an apology, but has supported the release of the bodycam footage and noted the officer’s actions “by the book.”
Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, a Democrat, was among those calling for her resignation.
“As a mother, advocate for children, and survivor and child witness of domestic violence, I know the deeply painful impact of the actions outlined in the report against Rep. Thompson,” Flanagan said in a statement. “Anyone who has allegedly demonstrated this violent pattern of behavior, particularly in the presence of children, is ineligible to serve in elected office.”
Democratic-Farmer-Labor House Speaker Melissa Hartman and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler also called for his resignation in a joint statement.
“Rep. Thompson ran for office to advance progressive policies, but his recent actions, and unacceptable reports of abuse and abuse, have hindered that work,” he said, Tribune Reported.