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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Jdjrn
Jdjrn

People, it was a JOKE! I’m not White or Black, but that is Funny. Not everything is RACIST! Over 35 years ago, I smoked Newports and I eat Popeye’s Chicken. This is so stereotypical that it’s HILARIOUS! They need to relax and let it go. To legally pursue this matter, would be sheer folly. 🙄

19JAM56
19JAM56

I’m so tired of the word Racist. Let’s eliminate organizations like NAACP, ACLU, EEOC, KKK, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION and CONGRESS. These are all one sided groups that are racist against White American Males!

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

Humm.... One would think that it was the Racist who thought up the idea that specific items were racist.

tomcd
tomcd

What a crock. These nitwits can turn anything racist. What is next? Calling toilet paper racist because it is white?

AllLivesMadder
AllLivesMadder

I've smoked Newports when I ran out of my Camels. I've drank Steel reserve when I was short on cash. We love Popeyes Chicken. My daughter is a Taki addict. We are white. Where is this racist?? Leave the cops alone Mayor! Personally I would have rapped the police tape around the whole tree, being a police station it seems like a great way to decorate.

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