Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey was fired on Monday evening, hours after he publicly disagreed with Mayor Mike Elliott’s assertion that the police officer who fatally shot a Black man in the Minneapolis suburb should be immediately fired in response to the incident.
What was the nasty thing the City Manager said that drew such an ire from the Mayor?
Before leaving the podium, Elliott noted that Boganey, as city manager, had the authority to determine whether the officer would be fired. Boganey noted that he would not take immediate action to remove the officer.
“All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,” Boganey said. “This employee will receive due process and that’s really all that I can say today.”
And it gets worse:
The Brooklyn Center City Council voted to fire Boganey, a longtime city employee, during an emergency meeting, the Star Tribune reported. At the same meeting, the council voted to give the mayor command authority over the city’s police department.
During a virtual workshop after the meeting, Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson said she voted to fire Boganey out of fear of potential reprisals from protestors if she did not, according to the newspaper.
“He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” Lawrence-Anderson said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”
Mob Rule won big time. And if they are afraid of the “peaceful protestors” that much, the Mayor may order them to stand down and not stop rioters from doing their deeds since now he has control over the Police Department. And if shit gets out of hand and the city starts to burn, you can bet your ass the verdict in the Chauvin case will be guilty because no juror in that panel will risk being lynched if they vote the opposite.
Once again: Mob Rule won big time.