MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and top state Democratic lawmakers are calling on state Rep. John Thompson to resign following reports of domestic violence allegations in his past.
The four domestic assault cases, spanning a period between 2003 and 2009, included allegations that Thompson punched and choked women, sometimes in the presence of children, the Star Tribune reports. FOX 9 first reported the allegations Friday night.
“The alleged acts of violence against multiple women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing,” Walz said in a statement. “Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Rep. Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader and he should immediately resign.”
Neither Thompson nor his attorney, Bruce Nestor, could be reached for comment on Saturday.
The first-term Democrat represents a district on the east side of St. Paul and has been in the spotlight since he was stopped by police while driving July 4.
The St. Paul Police Department said an officer pulled over Thompson, who is Black, because his car did not have a front license plate, and cited him for driving under suspension. Thompson, a longtime activist who is now pushing as a legislator to change laws around police encounters, said he was being profiled by law enforcement.
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