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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61mouse
61mouse

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

61mouse
61mouse

How is this racist ???

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 '.

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.

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.

Topgun53
Topgun53

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

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???

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.

Jones24
Jones24

Give me a break!

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

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

Sandy50
Sandy50

Stupid, sheeple getting their panties in bunch.

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.

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

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.”

Forbidden
Forbidden

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

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........

dsmarine
dsmarine

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

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...

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.

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.

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Secesh1861
Secesh1861

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

JBo
JBo

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

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.

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.

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.

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