St. Paul officer allegedly advised people to run over Black Lives Matter protesters
A St. Paul, Minnesota police officer has been placed on leave and is under investigation for allegedly advising people to run over Black Lives Matter protesters.
In advance of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day gathering of the group, an individual under the name JM Roth posted the comment on Facebook in a reply to a Pioneer Press article.
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He wrote, in part, "Run them over. Keep traffic flowing and don't slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street."
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The individual went on to note, "Since they are trying to block the street and/or cross where there is no crossing you should not be charged with anything."
A member of the community, Andrew Henderson, saw the message and recognized the name JM Roth from posts made on a police-related page.
After a bit of investigating, he found Roth's full name, Jeffrey M. Rothecker, and filed the complaint.
According to the Pioneer Press, police union attorney Chris Wachtler said in a statement on Monday, "There is an investigation under way. We will let the process play out. I can't comment on an active investigation until it is complete."
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