Rochester Police Officer Investigated Over Facebook Posts
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) -- Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson has confirmed that a Rochester Police Officer was placed on paid leave after the Police Department was made aware of some offensive Facebook posts allegedly attributed to the officer’s account. Peterson says the officer will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
A group calling itself Rochester For Justice has posted screenshots of what it termed racially offensive and inflammatory posts from the officer’s Facebook page on its Facebook page. The group, which identified the officer as Ben Schlag, is calling for the Police Department to terminate his employment.
Chief Peterson says he cannot confirm that Schlag is the officer under investigation, but he has confirmed Schlag is a Rochester Police Officer.
A St. Paul police officer recently resigned amid the uproar over a Facebook post in which he urged motorists run over Black Lives Matter protesters and included instructions for how to avoid being charged with a crime.