Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Sauk Rapids releases 2 volunteer firefighters over offensive comments on protests

Both the firefighters made comments or shared posts suggesting protesters should be killed.
Author:
Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.48.13 PM

Two volunteer firefighters in Sauk Rapids have been released after it emerged they shared offensive comments about the ongoing George Floyd protests in the Twin Cities.

The City of Sauk Rapids issued a press release confirming the pair had been released after they became aware of "troubling comments on social media regarding the protests taking place following the tragic death of George Floyd.

"The individuals who posted these comments are no longer associated with the city's volunteer fire department," it said.

The move came just hours after community group UniteCloud shared screenshots of social media posts made by the two firefighters.

Both of them made posts relating to the incident on I-35W in Minneapolis when a tanker truck driver almost plowed into a crowd of protesters, with authorities saying on Monday he apparently did so inadvertently.

One of the firefighters shared an image of a semi-trailer with blood spattered on the hood, with the meme saying: "Just drove through Minneapolis. Didn't see any protesters."

Meanwhile, the other made a comment on a thread in which he said: "The best thing would be to get the truck driver out and blow up the tanker kill all those worthless people."

When someone questioned their comment by saying "everyone has worth," he responded: "Not them gotta drop a few with some bullets. Then I guarantee they think twice about looting and destroying stuff."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

ted mann concert hall - university of minnesota

2 armed suspects rob victim at U of M concert hall

The two suspects pointed guns at the victim.

West St Paul, Minnesota - June 2019

Nine police agencies called in for crowd control after 2 shot in West St. Paul

Police say a large group "attempted to take control" of part of the crime scene.

Brooklyn Center police, Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center approves $1.3M public safety budget, including policing reforms

The city will use some money from the police department for the new programs.

snow, slush

Snow impacting morning commute across southern Minnesota

A quick inch could make a bit of a mess on the roads.

40636734693_0ec9b711a6_k

Minnesota United star allegedly hit teen with gun in Argentina

The 26-year-old could face charges in Argentina.

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Minneapolis woman missing a week is found safe

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.

deer

1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.48.13 PM

Trucker who drove toward protesters on I-35W bridge charged with felony

The 35-year-old from Otsego is also facing a gross misdemeanor charge.

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.51.01 PM

Authorities say tanker truck driver was not trying to harm protesters

Gov. Walz said the driver feels lucky that he wasn't killed.

protesters, George Floyd, protest

MN mayor resigns after sharing meme of violence against protestors

The mayor of eight years said his sharing of the meme was taken out of context.

Screen Shot 2020-05-29 at 9.32.57 PM

George Floyd: Protesters march on I-35W in Minneapolis

The protesters are blocking traffic heading south.

George Floyd protest

MN bail fund nonprofit receives online threats over protest donations

The Minnesota Freedom Fund was a popular choice for donors after George Floyd's death.

Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 7.24.50 AM

Dozens of arrests as peaceful protest continues past curfew in St. Paul

Protesters in Minneapolis meanwhile stayed at 38th and Chicago till the early hours.

George Floyd

51 arrested in Minneapolis protests after Chauvin is released from prison

The former officer charged in George Floyd's death posted bond Wednesday and was released, prompting the largely peaceful protests in Minneapolis.