Threatening posts

On Monday January 18th, Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the corner of University and Snelling Ave at 1P.M. for a MLK Day march to the capital.

Saint Paul Police Sergeant Jeffrey M. Rothecker posted an online statement informing viewers on ways to run over the gathering protesters and avoid charges. This is particularly concerning because an officer, whose purpose is to protect the general public, is providing ways to harm civilians.20160118__1-JMRoth_policeBLM

Mayor Chris Coleman expressed his outrage and stated, “There is no room in the St. Paul Police Department for employees who threaten members of the public”. Coleman also stated that if the allegation was true, strong action would be taken.

A statement was released by Saint Paul Police Federation (the union that represents police) in regards to Rothecker’s online post. In the statement Rothecker writes, “I am extremely sorry for posting what I did, I understand that the post was insensitive and wrong. My poor choice of words conveyed a message I did not intend and am not proud of”.

Currently the police force put Rothecker on paid leave while they investigate.

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