Run Over Protesters and Get Away With It – St Paul Police

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Protests typically are held in the middle of the road. Deal with it.

Jeffrey M. Rothecker

Minnesota – Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rothecker a St. Paul, Officer has been placed on administrative leave after he posted a statement online, instructing motorists to run over Black Lives Matter “idiots” participating in a march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The comment not only called for potentially killing citizens, it also outlined how people could use the judicial system to get away with it. The officer suggests the way out of committing this crime is to leave it to a jury trial because as he points out, “most likely it will come out in your favor.”

“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 and you can justify stopping further away because you feared for your safety since in the past people in this group has 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 jury trial and so most likely it will come out in your favor.”

Andrew Henderson, who frequently videotapes officers at work because he says he wants them to be held accountable, noticed the comment from “JM Roth” about 1 a.m. Saturday and immediately reported it to St. Paul police. He filed an internal affairs complaint Sunday, naming Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rothecker.

“I was just flabbergasted,” Henderson told the newspaper. “A law enforcement officer is supposed to serve and protect the people, not incite violence against them.” He posted video of himself reporting the post to police — and a screenshot of the post — here.

In a statement, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said he was “outraged and disgusted” by the post and directed the police department to investigate it.

“There is no room in the St. Paul Police Department for employees who threaten members of the public,” the mayor said. “If the allegation is true, we will take the strongest possible action allowed under law.”

SPPD issued a statement on Tuesday announcing their investigation: “The statement is offensive, disappointing, concerning and does not reflect in any way — or align with — the views, values and practices of the Saint Paul Police Department,” the statement said, adding that the department has “a long history of supporting individuals and groups who wish to express their opinions. There is no tolerance within the department for employees who insult, threaten or attempt to silence those exercising their First Amendment rights.”

This scenario has already happened in Minneapolis in 2014 when a driver decided to drive his car through a crowd of people protesting the non-indictment decision of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Micheal Brown. As you can clearly see in the video below, in this instance while other drivers are going around the partially blocked street, Jeffrey Patrick Rice of St. Paul chooses to drive his vehicle straight trough people. Of course, in the local press the people who were protesting were demonized as being a ‘mob’ and the driver who’s car suffered damaged from the bodies of people that he drove into was made into the poor victim who had no choice, but run people over.

In this instance, the driver was not initially charged with anything. It wasn’t until four months later that Jeffrey Patrick Rice of St. Paul was charged with traffic offenses.

In November, Black Lives Matter activists were the target of violence when men, driven by racist intent, fueled by comments like Sgt Rothecker’s traveled to the protest armed and opened fire on a crowd of people outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct Station, wounding five people who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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