A police sergeant in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been accused of encouraging drivers to run over Black Lives Matter protesters marching on Martin Luther King Day — if you needed any evidence that little has changed since King himself shut down traffic to demand equal rights for black citizens back in the 1960s.

Sgt. Jeff Rothecker was accused of making the statement on Facebook in an internal affairs complaint filed by Andrew Henderson, an anti-police brutality activist.

As reported by local station Fox 9, the statement, which has since been deleted, read:

Can you think of a better way to commemorate the birth of one of our nation’s greatest civil rights leaders than a police officer encouraging the murder of civil rights protesters while admitting to racial biases in the justice system? I probably could!

The comment was made under the account “JM Roth” and noticed by Henderson around 1:00 AM Saturday. Henderson said in the statement he had previously communicated with the owner of the account, who had identified himself as Rothecker. Henderson said it wasn’t the first time the account had made inflammatory comments on social media, as per City Pages:

Usually [Roth’s] barbs call their readers “idiots,” say they couldn’t handle being cops, and question the size or existence of their testicles. But this was the first time he saw JM Roth preach violence.

St. Paul Police confirmed Rothecker has been placed on administrative leave. He is being represented by a St. Paul Police Federation attorney. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement, “There is no room in the Saint Paul Police Department for employees who threaten members of the public.”

What about the ones who actually commit acts of violence, though?


Police Sergeant Told Drivers To Run Over Black Lives Matter Protesters

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