ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The St. Paul police sergeant accused of urging drivers to hit Black Lives Matter protesters has resigned from his leadership position with the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police, the organization confirmed Tuesday.
Under the name "JM Roth," the cop allegedly wrote that drivers should run over demonstrators participating in a MLK Day protest on the Lake Street bridge. And went on to explain how to avoid charges.
In a statement released Tuesday, Minnesota FOP President Matthew Hagen said they do not condone the Facebook comments allegedly made by Jeff Rothecker, who formerly held the position of second vice president of the FOP.
“Rothecker has officially resigned his position with the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police and I have accepted his resignation," Hagen said.
He has also since been put on paid administrative leave by St. Paul Police Department -- "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 department said Tuesday.
If it's determined that the comment was written by Rothecker, "a swift, strong and decisive disciplinary action will be taken," SPPD said.
Full text of the comment under investigation:
"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 and you can justify stopping further away because you feared for your safety since 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."