Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:

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.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks

The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.

Xcel Energy Center

NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements

The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.

the mayo clinic - edit

Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death

The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint

The suspect faces three separate felony charges.

mn state capitol january 17 2021

St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years

He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.

Chris Smith

Gophers add All-Ivy League D-tackle from Harvard

Chris Smith will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.

school bus

High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead

Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.

covid-19 testing site sign

Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results

Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.

optum headquarters chad davis wikimedia commons

UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit

The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.


Omicron may have already peaked in Minnesota

Reported cases lag what's happening in real time, so the newly reported cases over the next week or so will still be very high.

MnDot snow plow cam I-35 12-10-21

MnDOT reveals 50 snowplow name finalists

Voting is open through Wednesday, Jan. 26.