Minnesota Senator John Thompson was convicted of sabotage in the 2019 turmoil at the hospital on Wednesday, adding to the growing political distress of first-time Democrats.
According to local news reports, the judge sentenced Mr. Thompson to six months of probation and a $ 200 fine after six juries reached a verdict in Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis for misdemeanor.
Mr. Thompson accused police of racism and claimed that prosecutors blocked legal proceedings by resisting arrests during a melee attack involving dozens of people at the North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.
“I met rude and rude,” Thompson said after a verdict reported by Pioneer Press. “People hear my voice because I’m voicing and say I’m angry. I have the right to get angry.”
Mr. Thompson said he went to the hospital to visit a friend who had attempted suicide but was treated rudely by hospital staff because of racism. The hospital was closed for about 90 minutes.
“I will continue to fight for the right thing,” he said in KARE-11. “You know me. You know I’m not a criminal.”
The trial was in line with a call by key Democrats of Minnesota, including Governor Tim Walz, to resign from a series of domestic violence cases in Minnesota and Wisconsin dating back to 2003.
According to records and reports from a Fox 9 court in Minneapolis, Mr. Thompson was found guilty of chaotic behavior in three cases, but none of the charges resulted in conviction of domestic violence.
A jury in Hennepin County has convicted Congressman John Thompson in connection with the 2019 mayhem at the North Memorial Health Hospital. https://t.co/jHvRuMKtWf
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Thompson’s lawyer, Jordan Kushner, said on Sunday that his client denied “inflammatory claims” and “disputed the authenticity of police reports.”
Minnesota Speaker Melissa Hortman also asked Thompson to resign, but told Republican leaders Wednesday that she would not take action until the end of the nuisance trial, unless there was an ethical complaint.
After claiming that he was racially profiled by transportation on July 4, when he created his Wisconsin driver’s license, Thompson took note of his legal history and whether he lived in the East St. Paul district. Asked questions about.
Elected in November, Thompson became a community activist after his friend Philland Castile was shot dead by police during a 2016 outage. The Castile family received a $ 3 million settlement from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota.
John Thompson guilty of obstruction in hospital turmoil
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