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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A police officer in Minnesota is under investigation following a disturbing Facebook post made to his personal page.

Andrew Henderson says he was scrolling through Facebook and came across a post talking about Monday’s Black Lives Matter MLK Justice Rally.

“The post said to run over the protesters if they were blocking the road and said how to get away with it and that no jury would convict them,” Henderson told WCCO.

The post was made on the account of J.R. Roth, but he says the account belongs to Sgt. Jeff Rothecker, who has been with the police department for more than 20 years.

According to screenshots obtained by WCCO, the Facebook post read:

“Run them over. Keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street. Here is the deal, you continue to drive and if you hit someone make sure you call 911 to report the accident and meet the cops a block or two away and you can justify stopping further away because you feared for your safety since in the past people in this group has shown a propensity towards violence. Since they are trying to block the street and/or cross where there is no crossing you should not be charged with anything. Now, these idiots could try and sue you in civil court, but remember that it will be jury trial and so most likely it will come out in your favor.”

“It’s really concerning to me that someone would encourage violence on a day celebrating a man who taught peace,” Henderson said.

Officials with the city say they are shocked by the statements.

“The statement is offensive, disappointing, concerning and does not reflect in any way-or align with -the views, values and practices of the Saint Paul Police Department,” a statement from the department read.

Authorities with the police department say there will be “swift, strong and decisive disciplinary action” against the writer if it is determined they work for the department.

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