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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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.

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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.