Target: St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith
Goal: Fire cop who posted a racist Facebook post about a Black Lives Matter rally.
Regarding supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement rally during a Martin Luther King Jr. parade, Sergeant Jeff Rothecker from St. Paul, Minnesota put up a post on Facebook that said drivers should just “run them over.” The sergeant goes on to explain the best method of doing this, saying that drivers should “keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street.” This is ridiculous, racist behavior that should not be tolerated.
According to him, the best method of action is to hit someone with their car, keep driving for a few blocks, and finally call the cops. He says that you can justify your choice to run away by telling the officer that responds to your call that “you feared for your safety since in the past people in this group has shown a propensity towards violence.” He even says that, should the victim decide to sue in a civil court, that it will come out well in the driver’s favor because it is a jury trial.
A statement was later released through the St. Paul Police Federation where Sergeant Rothecker apologized for his post, but it was already too late. A video that contained screenshots of the post was uploaded onto YouTube. Many other videos have been made as well with a collective 20,000 or more views. The Mayor of St. Paul has stated that he is working with Police Chief Tom Smith and is currently investigating the matter. Please sign the petition below to demand that this policeman is fired for his insensitive and racist post.
Dear Chief Smith,
I ask that you discharge Sergeant Jeff Rothecker for his racist and insensitive post on Facebook. In the post, he taught readers how to commit a hit-and-run without getting in trouble for it. He called the Black Lives Matter supporters who went to the rally idiots and wrote off the parade as nothing more than a nuisance. In light of the police brutality videos and the growing distrust for police officers, many have used this year’s Martin Luther King parade as a way to protest injustice and racism. For Sergeant Rothecker to urge people to run the protesters over is racist within itself.
This isn’t the first time that Sergeant Rothecker has gotten in trouble. His disciplinary record shows that he has been disciplined seven times during his tenure. In 2013, he was reprimanded for abusing his access to driver’s license records twice, and in 2010, he was suspended for two days after a person was injured in his police custody. You yourself wrote a letter questioning the Sergeant’s leadership capabilities. Officer Rothecker urged drivers to commit a crime and taught them how to get away with it, and then called the very citizens he is hired to protect idiots. I demand that Rothecker is fired for his racist and violence-inducing post.
[Your Name Here]
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