Mayor Vows To Fire Cops Over 'Racist' Christmas Tree

The police Christmas tree decorations have been deemed racist.

Minneapolis, MN – Two Minneapolis Police Department officers were placed on leave after a photo of a prank involving a Christmas tree was circulated with the tree decorations called racist.

The Christmas tree in Fourth Precinct was decorated with a Newport cigarette pack, a can of Steel Reserve malt liquor, police tape, a bag of Takis (hot chili powder) and a cup from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Civil rights activist Ron Edwards said the tree decorations were a “wink wink” to racist stereotypes.

“It’s a modern-day version of a dog whistle, tainted with racism, specifically against the African-American community,” Edwards said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A photo of the tree was posted on Twitter.

“This is a photo of a racist and derogatory Christmas tree at the Minneapolis 4th precinct,” North by Northside posted on Twitter. “We must demand an apology and commitment to build better community relations. This is unacceptable.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Friday the tree decorations were racist and called it “despicable.” Frey said those responsible “will be fired before the day is over.” However, the mayor’s office had to backtrack from that statement.

Mychal Vlatkovich, the mayor’s spokesman, said a few hours later that the process of firing a police officer takes more time.

The officers are still being paid pending an internal affairs investigation.

“While Mayor Frey’s earlier statement reflects his sentiment, he recognizes there is a legally required process that must be followed,” said Vlatkovich, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He has full faith in Chief [Medaria] Arradondo to see that process through in a timely manner.”

City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison said he was at a loss for words to describe how he feels about the photo.

“Man, every way I could put it would understate it,” said Ellison, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s disappointing, but also I think deeply disturbing to wake up to something like that. Not just for myself, but for my neighbors.”

Ellison said the police precinct has to address the issue as a group.

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JBo
JBo

Huh?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Seriously, the people complaining about this need to get a life. I doubt any black officer would find this racist. It's cop humor and those who never worked in a uniform wouldn't get it. If you want to be offended, try sitting is a emergency room while doctors and nurses are working on a code. I've heard the most inappropriate jokes and I completely understand. It's a defense mechanism. Anyone who witnesses death on a daily basis needs a way to cope with it.

RSE 2844
RSE 2844

Maybe they are displaying some “wink wink” Racism. Maybe Trump is displaying some “wink wink”’racism and hate against black and special needs people. But that’s just fine. Maybe Christian Ecumenicals are displaying “wink wink” some disrespect for immigrants and gay people when they call for locking them out of free America. But that’s ok. Perhaps police officers should t be the focus of the racism issues in America until our governmental ruling bodies are sanitized “Wink wink”

BRT
BRT

I think the people that look for these things are the racist ones!

sixlette
sixlette

The only " Racist " here , would be the mayor , because the only "true Racist" would point out the differences between any race....ALL people are the same on the inside , shame that certain people find fault with the outside......

theresa3742
theresa3742

It's absolutely perfect, however, it's missing a bottle of MadDog2020

Maui Gent
Maui Gent

Those responsible must be removed from service, like a broken cruiser that does not perform as required. This is done in one of the most racially heated communities between the public and law enforcement; seriously these law enforcement officers acting like children. To relieve stress? You fucking idiot.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Doesn't this Mayor have something better to do? He must be related to Mr.Scrooge and the Grinch.

RunCop
RunCop

Just reflecting the neighborhood, so what is racist about that ?

DeplorableJon
DeplorableJon

Ok. Now that's funny.🤣

Sharon Winterod
Sharon Winterod

How is this racist. Everyone one eats fried chicken. Everyone eats junk food and a lot of people drink beer and smoke cigarettes. White peoples smoke menthol cigarette too. The only racist that I see is the mayor.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Amazing how a community who has so many gang fights, innocent people shot through their houses, and do jack squat to turn in anyone they know to the police would complain about something so stupid. I was at the doctors office and they had a christmas tree made up of exam gloves.....It's maybe part of what they see every day. I'm surprised they didn't use more crime scene tape to wrap around the tree ! That community takes up more resources than any other part of the city. Get a life and work on your own issues. Any muslims out there want them to take the tree down because it offends their religious beliefs? You all need to rebuild your own community rather than pick on those who protect it each day with their lives.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

EXACTLY WHICH RACE IS BEING DISREPECTED? REALLY? COULD SOMEONE EXPLAIN IT TO ME? I love Popeyes chicken, I use chili powder and my father and 3 sisters all smoke. IS IT WHITE FOLKS? IS THAT THE RACE BEING DISREPECTED? IS THE IRISH or IS IT OUR SPANISH blood, oh oh I know, it's OUR GERMAN SIDE. NOPE, those are races. MUST JUST BE THE WHITE.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

its because the tree is green....and the Mayor isn't

ZivaMcGee
ZivaMcGee

I think it should be illegal to use the word racist.

hunter54
hunter54

Its not racism,this mayor is a idot. Its Police Officers having fun nothing else. I spent 28 years in Law Enforcement this is just one of the ways to have fun and relax nothing else

KKKlan
KKKlan

Black or Brown or Asian power nobody raises an eyebrow. You say White pride you are labeled a racist

BobIn704
BobIn704

It's only RACIST if you make it RACIST! Grow the fuck up!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Ok.....tell me again why this tree is offensive or racist. I'm just not getting it!🤔

Pat77
Pat77

I looked at the picture and could not see any racism at all ......this racism card is getting old. I see these items used by all a colors and more and more freedoms being taken.

Marxest
Marxest

I hate to agree with the lot of you, but I'm affraid I DON'T find the Christmas tree to be racist. The decorations on the tree aren't explicitly racial. There's no image of a specific "race" or ethnicity. But they are definitely implying something. This one just flies just under the racism radar. But it isn't racist.

Digger15108
Digger15108

Those who are offended by this tree are racists in your own right. Always find something offensive or racist. Pull your heads out of your asses, you get a better view. Do something constructive and stop being destructive. Wonder when the word “black” will become racist. Someone will push to have it racist.

Grog
Grog

Racist, racism, dog whistle, etc, etc, etc, are worn out terms! I love fried chicken so the next time I go to buy some am I going to be told I'm racist and guilty of cultural appropriation? Those shouting and complaining about racism are the true racists, as that is all they have on their racist, petty minds. The mayor and the council member are the despicable ones! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Gods help us all......liberalism is going to be the death of us all and this reminds me of the downfall of Rome.

"The barbarians are not at the gate, they are within, and they are us"

Efflerp
Efflerp

I’m so sick of hearing racist racist racist!! That word means NOTHING anymore!! Well, it does mean that someone has no other argument to make so they throw it out there.

Blue_lives_Matter
Blue_lives_Matter

@RunCop, my first thought when I read this story was What a wonderful way to include all ethnicities in their Precinct on the Christmas tree! The mayor who decided that this was unpolitically correct is the biggest racist of all. People have all kinds of decorations on a Christmas tree and for that oh so sensitive mayor to pick out certain ornaments is totally asinine and ignorant as well as ( as much as I hate this word) Racist through and through! I do Wonder though if they put a coffee mug and a donut on the tree LOL

Skidoo
Skidoo

Peace on Earth and good will to men. Merry Christmas everyone.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Being that it's in Minneapolis I am more shocked that the police would be allowed to put up a Christmas tree at all with Minnesota being a Muslim state

cabman86
cabman86

Ellison is muslim so anything Christmas offends him

cabman86
cabman86

You can tell who the true racist is by whomever shouts the word the loudest.

Paul S
Paul S

The diseases of imagined racism and snowflakery are rampant. SMDH. Hope the fool mayor and city end up on court...lose...and have to pay major bucks for their idiocy.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Are you friggin kidding me? With the exception of the cigarettes, because I don't smoke, you could probably find most of that in my home or car and I am white. These damn social justice warriors need to take a pill or something and leave people alone!

Ibcyn
Ibcyn

When is this PC crap all this racist BS topics going to end? People grow the hell up and that mayor is an idiot. Time to stop bending over and kissing ass!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

How is this tree racist???? This mayor needs a reality check.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

Political Correctness has caused people to loose their common sense. Caused them to be thin skinned and over sensitive, selfish, Total loss of reality, over privileged.

Amvetjim post2
Amvetjim post2

Newports I smoked them for years , I .b. W.. I also eat there racist chicken. and use chili powder. Easier to carry then the bottle. Not the beer thou.

Coldwater
Coldwater

OR, It's simply an observation of what has become an almost comical stereotype driven by, and put firmly in place by the perpetrators of criminal activity that these officers have to respond to. It's hard not to notice and respond to blatant and endless similarities of every day behavior. Comes down to, big friggin deal. If it hurts your little feelings, change you behavior so you don't fit the stereotype.

JBo
JBo

I like hot chili powder. I MUST be a RACIST!

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

Gosh I must be a racist and I didn’t even know it because I like that hot peppers to.

amdguru
amdguru

That mayer is an idiot! The PC of our society is so out of control and liberals are so weak that any little thing can hurt their little feelings. Glad the officers are still getting paid, hopefully it's just a paid vacation for them.

RoxC
RoxC

What doesn't trigger the snow flakes. They are quick to call us racists when in fact they are the only ones seeing racism because they want to see it.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

I call these whining racists "fecal flakes" instead of snow flakes because actual snowflakes are beautiful and provide beneficial water when melted...

"Fecal flakes" on the other hand...

I also call them " black mold spores"...

Mocking laughter and guffaws should be our respponse...

dsmarine
dsmarine

I would find it very difficult to take a bullet for idiot politicians like this

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I'm just wondering.............Is God a racist because it only snows "white"? Maybe that will be the next think to knit hats about and protest.......just my thoughts........

Forbidden
Forbidden

I dont understand....How.... what is so bad...

Oldlefty56
Oldlefty56

Good grief! Let’s make another mountain out of a molehill. When will this stuff stop? If anything at all can be taken out of context, it will be. We’re the decorations in bad taste? If so, hang some paper on ‘em. Suspension? Termination? That wouldn’t be appropriate for the “infraction.”

Scattered
Scattered

Can't anybody laugh? Take a joke? They would not have done it if they knew how offended liberals or racist, blaming black folks would take it. Lighten up people it's a joyful time of year. Geez

bronx163
bronx163

Same area where a Muslim cop smoked white girl walking up to cop car, and that seems to gone by wave side. Here is the question. What makes it racist? Explain how it is. Who’s associating the ornaments made of people of color? That makes the town and chief racists if they associate those ornaments with people of color.

Fucking liberals. Just let the place burn. Reactive policing. Take a report pick up next job. And finish your tour alive.

Sandy50
Sandy50

Stupid, sheeple getting their panties in bunch.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

It seems everything is racist now, including black Friday. Freakin idiots!