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.

Comments (85)
View Older Messages
No. 51-64
Jones24
Jones24

Give me a break!

motor5345
motor5345

Are you F--king kidding me. RACIST what is racist about the decorations? Mayor your an ass for shooting off your mouth. Nobody has the balls to tell these RACIST people that are complaining to GET A LIFE. Who made it a RACIST issue, the complainants, thats who. What bullshit, really.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

gues those white people I see smoking Newport and drinking that crap r really black. I am so tired of everything being racist. Rudolph is about abuse, baby its cold outside is about abuse..GROW UP PEOPLE. all that damned RAP music is full of REAL BAD STUFF. why not turn on the rappers???

Topgun53
Topgun53

I think the Mayor is a good guy... but he is inexperienced and naïve.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

The word "Racist" has become simply another overused cliche' and a way to bully someone. Think about it.....There does not need to be any dialogue or debate or even any discussion. There doesn't need to be much of any thought process by the accuser.....The accuser can simply call the other a racist with >>anything << that they themselves do not approve of and the accused stops what he/she is doing as ,"OMG, GOD FORBID I don't want to be known as a racist." The accuser who may feel otherwise powerless may like the power it yields and may like the way it pushes others around to get their own way. They may even like the attention it provides them. Those who are accused need to stop acting like lemmings or sheep and to start thinking for yourself. Have confidence in reflecting " Was that truly racist? " If not then do not deviate and do not let yourself be bullied. Next time you hear someone labeled a racist think back to Joe McCartney and the "Commie hearings" of the 50's where he labeled so many a communist. Today "Racist" is the equivalent accusation as labeling someone a "Communist" was in the 50's. Don't fall for it . Push back and put the accuser on the spot and immediately demand an explanation as to exactly how /why what was said/done racist.... then watch the reaction you get.

KemW
KemW

I don't see any Racism "a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who BELIEVES that a particular race is superior to another.." How does anyone know these officers believe their race is superior to another? BUT I do see somewhat of Terrorism from the Mayor “the unlawful use of FORCE and violence against persons or property to INTIMIDATE or COERCE a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Firing People is intimidating and coercing them for just this, life under constant scrutiny to do, think and believe the way others do.

Rocksmyth
Rocksmyth

Using 'racist' has become "Guilty until proven innocent ". This type person can find something wrong with any person, place, object or event, and are trying to validate their displeasure by calling it 'racist '.

61mouse
61mouse

How is this racist ???

61mouse
61mouse

So are the companies that put COTTON in their pill bottles racist too ??

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.

tomcd
tomcd

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

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

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

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!

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. 🙄