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Officer Suspended For Offensive Black Lives Matter Facebook Post

Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rothecker is a St. Paul police sergeant being investigated for a Facebook comment. His comment revolved around a Black Lives Matter protest that stopped traffic on Monday. Local cop-watcher, Andrew Henderson, showed the comment to police.

In the Facebook post, Rothecker writes “Run them over. Keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street. Here is the deal, you continue to drive and if you hit someone make sure you call 911 to report the accident and meet the cops a block or two away.”

Rothecker then suggests that drivers tell officers that “you feared for your safety since in the past the people in this group have shown a propensity towards violence.”

The suspended cop also wrote, “These idiots could try and sue you in civil court, but remember that it will be a jury trail and so most likely it will come out in your favor.”

On Monday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman issued a statement saying he is “outraged and disgusted by the post and (I) have directed the SPPD to investigate.”

Photo: Star Tribune

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