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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: After arrest, Grossell should resign from Legislature

Like many in our community, I have been appalled to read about state Rep. Matt Grossell's recent arrest in St. Paul.

From the police and media reports, it sounds like Grossell was drunk and belligerent in a hotel bar, then assaulted a security guard by shoving him repeatedly and pulling him to the ground. After being thrown out of the bar, he couldn't answer basic questions from the police officers who were called to his room to check on his well-being and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. There, after receiving medical evaluation, Grossell became argumentative with hospital staff, refused to leave the premises, bragged about being a legislator and a former cop, and finally got himself arrested, according to reports.

All this and the man faces only misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges.

For anyone who's never seen a picture of Grossell, it will come as no surprise to you that he's a middle-aged white guy. Because when that's your demographic, apparently you get to be combative and even violent toward medical and security personnel and remain alive, unharmed, and not even charged with assault. Is there anyone still claiming that justice is equally applied in this country? If you imagine the same scenario with a young man of color at the center, you can be certain it would have played out much differently.

In addition, for a "law and order conservative" who has tried to make his political mark by sponsoring legislation to increase penalties for those accused of violence against first responders and medical personnel, Grossell's actions are the height of hypocrisy. Apparently, like many politicians these days, he sure likes the idea of accountability—as long as it doesn't apply to him.

As a resident of Grossell's district, I am disgusted by his behavior. It's simply unacceptable. It's time for him to resign.

Emily Lindell