Minneapolis Police Decorate Christmas Tree With Racist Stereotypes
Police should no longer wonder why people generally hate them. It should be abundantly clear. But being that they aren’t always the sharpest knives in the drawer, we’ll provide another example.
According to the Washington Post, the Minneapolis police department is under intense fire and two officers have been placed on leave after people caught wind of officers’ offensive token of holiday cheer. The cops in MPD decorated the tree that stood proudly in their precinct with half-crushed cans of Steel Reserve malt liquor, crumpled bags of Takis chips and Funyuns, a cup from the fried-chicken oasis Popeyes and two packs of Newport cigarettes, and was wrapped in crime scene tape.
“These pieces of trash were deliberately chosen to represent how certain officers feel about the community they serve: that black people are a stereotype to be mocked and the lives of those they serve may as well be reduced to trash in the gutter,” said City Councilman Phillipe Cunningham, who represents constituents in the majority-black Near North neighborhood where the MPD’s 4th Precinct is located.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the tree is:
“…racist, despicable, and well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis.”
Suffice to say, this tree does nothing to improve community relations in the 4th Precinct after the questionable shooting death of Jamar Clark three years ago. That shooting lead to an 18-day protester occupation of the police headquarters.
“I just could not believe that after everything we’ve been through to try to change the narrative about the African American community, that our police officers still held that same mind-set,” Black Lives Matter Twin Cities activist Chauntyll Allen said at the news conference. “They have no respect for the lives that have been lost.”
They never do and they never will. So again, we scream “f**k 12” and their racist days of Christmas.