NON CITIZENS for MN Police ???

 While severely restricting conservative candidates

  Standards board advances rule change to allow noncitizen police officers in

A group of unelected political appointees who control police licensing standards 
in Minnesota are pushing to allow noncitizens to become cops.

Kyle Hooten <>
April 28, 2022

   The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is trying 
to allow noncitizens to become licensed police officers and prohibit people who 
engage with undefined “hate” groups on social media from entering the force.

These changes were approved <>by the board by 
a large margin and are awaiting review from the revisor.

            *Removing citizenship requirement*

Presently, the minimum selection standards to become a licensed peace officer in 
Minnesota require that applicants “be a citizen of the United States.” The POST 
Board, however, has approved a proposal 
<>to also include 
candidates who are “eligible to work in the United States under federal 

This is not a unique proposal. California is trying 
do the same thing, but California has initiated this change through the state 
legislature while in Minnesota it’s being pushed by a group of unelected 
political appointees.

Further, efforts in other states to allow noncitizens to become police officers 
have been extended only to permanent residents, not simply those eligible to 
work in the U.S. — a much broader category. The POST Board’s Advisory 
Committee noted 
“There are many issues and practicalities created by adding ‘authorized to work 
in the United States’ to the minimum selection standards of the revised rule,” 
as opposed to keeping the rule the same or allowing only for lawful permanent 
residents to become police.

The committee also notes “concerns as to whether a person should be granted 
authority as a police officer to take away the freedom of a citizen when that 
person is not a citizen.”

Despite the fact that the advisory committee did not support this change, the 
board advanced the measure earlier this month.

            *‘Hate group’ restrictions*

The board also voted to affirm a rule change 
<>that would 
allow the state to revoke the licenses of officers who participate “in any form 
in the activities of a white supremacist; hate or extremist group.” However, 
what constitutes such a group is barely defined and the criteria for supporting 
such a group apparently includes membership in the wrong online communities.

The full text of the proposed hate group rule changes can be found on page 21 of 
thelinked <>document.

According to the proposed changes, support for a white supremacist hate group 
can be demonstrated by “engagement in cyber or social media posts, chats, [or] 
forums” that promote derogatory actions against protected minorities or 
“seditious activities.”

“Cyber presence” in a hate group’s “events” is also cause for license 
revocation, according to the board.

“Seditious activities” are not defined. What it means to have a “cyber presence” 
is not defined.

The changes also propose that officers caught making extremist “hand signs” 
should be punished, an apparent allusion to abroad 
<> conspiracy 
that police who make theOK hand gesture 
telegraphing their adherence to extremist right-wing ideologies.

The advisory committee reached an exact tie in determining if they support or oppose this proposal. Those dissentingsaid  <>they “specifically object to the broad language and activities that are identified.”

“The terms support, advocate or participate are very broad and can include 
activities that do not directly tie to any activities that are considered 
derogatory or harmful,” the dissenting members of the committee said. “Support 
and advocating can be as broad as liking a social media post, even though a 
peace officer has not taken any further material action to promote an 
organization’s mission.”

They also questioned why white supremacist groups need to be specified, pointing 
out how the terms “hate and extremist groups cover white supremacist groups.”

Alpha News spoke with a police chief who serves a rural Minnesota community who 
raised additional questions about this proposal. The chief highlighted how a 
bad-faith actor could leverage this rule to discriminate against members of 
religious sects that oppose gay marriage or do not allow women to become faith 
leaders. By the letter of the proposal, the chief observed, these groups could 
be considered hate groups and officers who donate to them, participate in 
services or evangelize could face license denial or revocation.

During discussion on the proposed language, POST Board member Justin Terrel​l, 
who is appointed to represent the public, seemingly accused white supremacists 
of killing people during the George Floyd riots.

“White supremacist organizations … have blood on their hands from throughoutthe 
hesaid <>, perpetuating a theory 
white supremacists kickstarted the violence that wracked Minneapolis during the 
summer of 2020.



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