Minneapolis news station KSTP has reported that Mayor Betsy Hodges allegedly flashed a gang sign while posing for a picture with a convicted felon. The felon, Navell Gordon, was participating in a get-out-the-vote campaign with the mayor. As Gordon conceded in this video, "I made some mistakes in life. I can't vote, I'm not ashamed to say that," adding, "I’m working on fixing that right now so I can be able to vote for my next president."
At one point, Hodges -- a Democrat -- posed with Gordon for a photo, and that's where the trouble happened. According to KSTP's hard-hitting investigative report by Jay Kolls, the two flashed a sign purportedly used by a gang on Minneapolis' north side, and that didn't sit well with some current and former city law enforcement officials:
Retired Minneapolis Police officer, Michael Quinn, who also managed the department’s Internal Affairs Unit, says the photo is “disappointing because it puts police officers at risk.”
When asked to respond to the mayor’s statement that she is just “pointing at him.” He said, “she can’t be that naive. I cannot imagine.”
“She is legitimizing these people. She is legitimizing gangs who are killing our children in Minneapolis and I just can’t believe it. It hurts,” Quinn said.
Disappointing. Puts police officers at risk. Legitimizing these people. Killing our children. Holy hell. Let's see this sign of monstrous violent urban decay that this guy's talking about:
Mother of god.
The most disturbing part of this image isn't the gang sign itself, but the fact that so many famous people are apparently members of, or at least are "legitimizing" this gang, which clearly has the lamest sign of all time. While some websites have taken to mocking the report by simply posting pictures of famous people pointing, most of the photos do not feature the raised thumb, which is crucial to the sign. So while it might be fun to accuse say, E.T. of being a member of this outfit, it's to make a mockery of KSTP's excellent reporting on this. And we'd never want to do that.
Actually, yes we do. Here's a partial list of alleged Minneapolis gang members:
NAME: Barack Obama
ALIASES: POTUS, B-Dawg, Tariq Khalifa Warraq Al-Nairobi
NAME: Joseph Biden
OCCUPATION: Vice President of the United States
ALIASES: J-Biddle, Shaggy J, The Gaffinator
NAME: Jennifer Lopez
ALIASES: J-Lo, B-Movie
NAME: John Hamm
ALIASES: Don Draper, Dick Whitman, Karl Hungus
NAME: S.E. Cupp
OCCUPATION: Political commentator
ALIASES: Solo Cupp, The Faithest, Legs
NAME: Scott Walker
OCCUPATION: Governor of Wisconsin
ALIASES: Busta Union, Teflon, Wocka Wocka Wocka
NAME: Ron Paul
OCCUPATION: Former congressman
ALIASES: Papa Paul, King of Bling, Magneto
NAME: Clint Eastwood
ALIASES: Dirty Harry, The Chair Man, Captain America
NAME: Tommy Christopher
OCCUPATION: Daily Banter White House Correspondent
ALIASES: Tommy the Hat, The Agitator
NAME: William Clinton
ALIASES: Bubba, Slick Willie, Schmoozer, Receiver-in-Chief
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please immediately tweet this post at KSTP reporter Jay Kolls so he can continue to bring awareness to the very serious problem of gang activity among our nation's politicians, celebrities, and pundits.