A Minneapolis police sergeant has been suspended for allegedly writing a post on Facebook encouraging drivers to “run over” Black Lives Matter “idiots.”
According to the Star Tribune, Andrew Henderson, a local activist who frequently records his interactions with law enforcement, saw the abhorrent comment and identified the poster Sgt. Jeff Rothecker. The facebook profile was under the name JM Roth, but Henderson knew it was Rothecker because of previous interactions online.
“Run them over. Keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street,” said the facebook post.
This vicious statement was written as a comment on an article published by the Pioneer Press announcing a Black Lives matter protest on MLK Day and has since been removed, but Sgt. Rothecker was just getting started when he told the general public they should commit vehicular homicide. Next, he literally told them how to get away with murder.
You can justify stopping further away because you feared for your safety since in the past people in this group has [sic] shown a propensity towards violence. Since they are trying to block the street and/or cross where there is no crossing you should not be charged with anything. Now, these idiots could try and sue you in civil court, but remember that it will be [a] jury trial and so most likely it will come out in your favor.
Henderson immediately reported the Facebook to Rothecker’s superiors. “I was just flabbergasted,” Henderson told the Tribune. “A law enforcement officer is supposed to serve and protect the people, not incite violence against them.”
A statement issued by the St. Paul Police Department said:
We are aware of the concerns surrounding the comment posted on Facebook and are actively investigating. The statement is offensive, disappointing, concerning and does not reflect in any way — or align with — the views, values and practices of the St. Paul Police Department.
Rothecker has been placed on administrative leave and the investigation is ongoing. He is being represented by Chris Wachtler, the St. Paul Police Federation attorney.
Henderson recorded his call to police to report Rothecker’s disgusting social media comments, as well as his following interactions with them regarding the investigation.
Watch his video:
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