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St. Paul cop who told people to 'run over' protesters resigns

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The St. Paul police sergeant who posted a comment on Facebook in which he encouraged people to run over protesters has resigned.

The St. Paul police department announced Wednesday afternoon that Sgt. Jeffrey Rothecker has left his position effective immediately.

Rothecker made a comment under the name "JM Roth" that encouraged users to hit Black Lives Matter demonstrators with their vehicles at a planned Martin Luther King Jr. Day protest, and provided detailed instructions on how to get away with it without being prosecuted.

He was placed on paid administrative leave after admitting he was responsible for the post, with the St. Paul Police Department and Mayor Chris Coleman both putting out statements condemning his comment.

He also stepped down as second vice president of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police, before issuing an apology, saying: "I am extremely sorry for posting what I did, I understand that the post was insensitive and wrong.

"My poor choice of words conveyed a message I did not intend and am not proud of."

Black Lives Matter St. Paul announced earlier this month it intends to hold a protest at the upcoming Crashed Ice event.

One of the group's demands was that St. Paul police fire Rothecker. The group has not yet made a comment about the officer's resignation.

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