Mayor Coleman’s statement regarding allegations that Saint Paul police officer made online threat to demonstrators

Saint Paul – Mayor Chris Coleman today released the following statement regarding allegations of an officer-involved threat made on social media.

“I am outraged and disgusted by the post and have directed the SPPD to investigate. That investigation is currently underway.

“Chief Smith and I are committed to building strong, trusting relationships with the communities we serve.

“There is no room in the Saint Paul Police Department for employees who threaten members of the public. If the allegation is true, we will take the strongest possible action allowed under law.

“Our officers have worked closely with protesters ahead of today’s event as well as during the lead-up to previous demonstrations, to ensure everyone’s safety, including those held during the Twin Cities Marathon, the Minnesota State Fair and last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“And, again today, our officers are taking every possible measure to protect the safety of the public and protesters.”

About the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act does not allow the city to comment on the outcome of any investigation until the investigation is complete and any employee grievance period has concluded.