A St. Paul police sergeant has been placed on leave after authorities were alerted that he was advising motorists to feel free to hit Black Lives Matter “idiots” with their cars before driving a block or two away and reporting it as an accident.
According to the Pioneer Press, Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rothecker is being investigated for a Facebook comment he made about an article on a Black Lives Matter protest that involved stopping traffic on Monday..
The comment was brought to the attention of authorities by local cop-watcher Andrew Henderson who taped his encounter with St. Paul police when he showed them the post.
In the Facebook comment Rothecker advises, “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 advises justifying driving to responding officers by telling them “you feared for your safety since in the past the people in this group have shown a propensity towards violence.”
According to the suspended cop: “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.”
Video of Andrew Henderson meeting with police to show them Facebook posting below: