An undefined Minneapolis police officer is looking at his law enforcement career abruptly ending after he was busted for decorating a precinct Christmas tree with racist ornaments attacking African- Americans.
According to the Star-Tribune, Mayor Jacob Frey is promising to boot the officer after a picture of the tree — with its offensive ornaments — went viral.
According to the report, the officer added ornaments that include a pack of Newport cigarettes, a bag of Takis tortilla chips, an empty Steel Reserve beer can, police tape and a cup from Popeyes Louisiana Chicken.
After the picture of the tree was posted online, with the caption “This is a photo of a racist and derogatory Christmas tree at the Minneapolis 4th precinct. @jeremiah4north @CunninghamMPLS @Jacob_Frey We must demand an apology and commitment to build better community relations. This is unacceptable,” the mayor jumped into the fray.
“This behavior is racist, despicable, and is well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis,” said Frey in a statement. “The offending party will be fired before the day is over. Shifting the culture of the police department requires swift and decisive action. Termination is necessary — both to discipline the officer and to send a clear message: Chief Arradondo and I will not tolerate conduct that departs from our values.”
You can see a picture of the offending tree below from the original tweet.
This is a photo of a racist and derogatory Christmas tree at the Minneapolis 4th precinct. @jeremiah4north @CunninghamMPLS @Jacob_Frey We must demand an apology and commitment to build better community relations. This is unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/xNq4CUZUu5
— North by Northside (@northxnorthside) November 30, 2018