Former St Paul Cop Won’t Face Charges in Facebook Incident
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — No charges will be brought against a former St. Paul police officer whose Facebook post urged drivers to run over people protesting on Martin Luther King Junior Day against killings by police.
St. Paul City Attorney Samuel Clark said Friday that "there is no path to a criminal case" against Jeff Rothecker.
Rothecker resigned from the Police Department in February, a month after his post.
Residents had pushed for Rothecker to be criminally charged. He had been on paid administrative leave, and his resignation halted any discipline he could've faced.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the city of St. Paul paid Rothecker $7,500 in exchange for his agreeing to not sue and waiving all claims.
Former St. Paul NAACP president Nathaniel Khaliq says the prosecutor's decision is disappointing.