In 2017, police officers killed a little more than 1,200 people... 13% of those people were unarmed, yet only 1% of the officers involved were even charged with wrong doing. Here's what will happen with this guy: The complaint will go to IA (who are his colleagues btw) IA will investigate, issue some sort of formal reprimand which will be placed on his record, give him some paid vacation, and have him back to work within a few weeks... Maybe a little longer if people are still kicking up a fuss. Within a year or so, after everyone has forgotten about the incident, the reprimand will disappear from his record. This is pretty much how any complaint against a police officer is handled, if it is investigated at all. Unless the officer in question needs to be a scapegoat or made an example of, these things almost never remain on their records. People don't realize how little accountability there really is... Especially if the officers have a judge backing their play.
Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rothecker of the St-Paul police department used social media to encourage citizens to violence against a specific group. Let's step back and take a look at this. Since when are police officers supposed to encourage violence against citizens? They are supposed to discourage acts of violence. Second, the Sergeant's comments clearly violate the spirit and professionalism of top notch policing. Finally, the comments barely conceal racist (perhaps extremist) views. The citizen's of St-Paul deserve much more from their officers. Admin leave should be a prelude to an administrative review and termination. No more trash on the force.
I agree with the administrative leave given to Sgt Jeffrey M. Rothecker because our law enforcement officers should be an example to our population. The youth look up to them and they should be able to act as the best of our citizens. The administrative leave is not really a penalty, he still is working and has a paycheck.
This is just how police officers think, even if they don't normally post it on social media. Police officers, contrary popular belief, are not here to protect and serve you (that's just a P.R. Slogan) they are here to serve the law. Like he says, if you get hit while illegally blocking a roadway, the judge isn't very likely to treat you with an overabundance of compassion. The "in fear of my life" line is particularly effective... Especially if you're a woman who can squeeze out a few tears on command. Given the talent most cops possess for lying and deceit, his post manages to be refreshingly honest while simultaneously being brutally insensitive. I think the real question here is, "would you rather he sugar-coat it?"
Its amazing the amount of people who will defend a cop who is telling people to run down others with their cars. His comment about a "jury trial" and telling you to say "I felt threatened" are also pretty telling. How horrifying that this man is given the right to take peoples freedom and aim his weapons at YOUR son and daughter with the statement "I felt threatened" in the ready. There are NO standards left in police departments if this man keeps his badge. Just Frightening.
Encouraging violence is the opposite of a police officer's job. He should be serving and protecting the people. This is unacceptable. Rothecker is not fit to be a police officer. He really should be fired, but I understand if the police department decides on a lesser punishment. Administrative leave is not nearly enough.
Administrative leave is the same as paid vacation, in my honest opinion. Sgt. Jeffrey M. Rothecker's comment on his social media account was extremely unprofessional, and should gotten him fired. His message told people how to avoid being charged with a crime if they struck someone during the Martin Luther King Day march and rally Monday on a bridge linking St. Paul and Minneapolis.