A 20-year-veteran of the St. Paul Police Dept. is now under investigation for a Facebook post he allegedly wrote over the MLK holiday weekend.
The post urges drivers to “run over Black Lives Matters protesters” and tells them how to “get away with it” — so that a jury could not later convict them. It goes on to say: “Keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the streets.”
The post was made by “J.R. Roth” on Saturday around 1 AM, and referred to Monday’s Black Lives Matter MLK Justice Rally.
WCCO reports that a man named Andrew Henderson took screen shots of the post and videotaped himself calling St. Paul police to report it.
Henderson also recorded himself at a meeting with internal affairs, where he told authorities why he believed it was Sgt. Jeff Rothecker, who wrote the controversial post.
The department is actively investigating the offensive statement, which it says does not “align with the views, values and practices of the St Paul Police Dept.”
If the allegations are true, the city says it will take “swift, strong and decisive action.”
The officer is now on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.