Keith Ellison, as The Weekly Standard put it, is “…a most peculiar candidate for the top law enforcement job in the state.”
Why? Well, for one, his long history of support for cop killers.
In 1992, Minneapolis police officer, Jerry Haaf, was murdered execution-style by the Vice Lords gang. The leader of the gang, Sharif Willis, a convicted felon allegedly knew of the gang’s plans.
Enter Keith Ellison. Ellison was a Minneapolis attorney who had a relationship with Willis, and appeared at a United for Peace rally together.
- (Steve Brandt, “United For Peace Supporters Rally Against Police ‘Power Grab,’” Star Tribune, 10/11/92)
At one event in 1993, Ellison publicly supported the defendants – the gang members who murdered Officer Haaf.
- In February 1993, he spoke at a demonstration for one of them during his trial. Ellison led the crowd assembled at the courthouse in a chant that was ominous in the context of Haaf’s cold-blooded murder: “We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.” (The Weekly Standard)
During a speech at the National Lawyers Guild in February 2000, Ellison praised two cop killers: Mumia Ab-Jamal and “Assata Shakur” (Joanne Chesimard). Ellison ever prayed for Chesimard.
- Chesimard was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper but escaped from prison and has been in Cuba since 1984. The FBI put Chesimard to its Most Wanted Terrorists List and offered $1,000,000 for her capture. (The Weekly Standard)
There are more examples, but the point is why? Why does Ellison even want to be Minnesota’s top cop? His disdain for men and women in law enforcement has been clear for decades.
Bottom line, Keith Ellison stands with cop killers. That is disqualifying when you want to be state attorney general.