Sheriff Admits to Police Provocateurs at the RNC

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Nate Clark
We Are Change Minnesota
September 20th, 2009

We Are Change Minnesota struck up a conversation with Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek after his speech on public safety at a meeting hosted by SD-45 Republicans. After hearing an account of our confrontation with suspected provocateurs at the 2008 Republican National Convention, he began his response by joking that they were, “probably older white guys,” but went on to admit that, “they had a lot of cops working in the crowd.”

Suspected RNC Provocateur

A suspected provocateur hails nearby police, “Hey, right here guys! Mister mouth!” (confrontation beginning at 5:27 in our 2008 RNC coverage)

Sheriff Stanek, who is also a former Minnesota State Senator, is elected to serve Hennepin County—neighbor to Ramsey County which hosted the 2008 Republican National Convention. Citing a difference of opinion with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, Stanek stated that he neither “condone(s)” nor “believes in” the practice of deploying agents provocateurs and that his officers did not participate as provocateurs.

The sheriff was also asked if any mandatory vaccination plans are in the works and whether he would cede authority to Federal agencies to implement such plans, to which he responded that he was not aware of any and explained that the Sheriff’s department would have only a limited role in response to pandemic outbreak by providing an orderly way in which people could seek vaccinations and assisting in the transportation of vaccine. Furthermore, he stated that he couldn’t foresee the department ever force-vaccinating.

“Maybe the military is working on something else, heh, they haven’t let me in. I can tell you we’d be very cautious, though, of ceding any authority as the Hennepin County Sheriff over to anyone else. That’s why we work for the people, honestly, that’s why I’m elected by all of you—the 1.3 million residents of this county.”

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