Officer on leave after being accused of telling drivers to 'run over' protesters

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A St. Paul police officer has been placed on leave after being accused of writing a threat to protesters on social media.

In response to an article posted to the Pioneer Press' Facebook page Friday about a Black Lives Matter protest, the officer is accused of writing "Run them over," the Pioneer Press says, and goes on to detail how people could avoid being charged with a crime if they hit someone during the planned Martin Luther King Jr. Day demonstration.

Andrew Henderson, a community activist, discovered the Facebook comment and immediately called police, the Star Tribune says. He posted his call to police and the allegations against the officer in a YouTube video.

The comment has since been removed and the incident is being investigated.

“I am outraged and disgusted by the post and have directed the SPPD to investigate. That investigation is currently underway," St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement.

Coleman added: "There is no room in the Saint Paul Police Department for employees who threaten members of the public. If the allegation is true, we will take the strongest possible action allowed under law."

The St. Paul Police Department also issued a statement, saying it is "offensive, disappointing, concerning and does not reflect in any way — or align with — the views, values and practices of the St. Paul Police Department," according to KARE 11.

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