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St. Paul Police Deny Their Officer Was Man Seen Starting Riot At Minneapolis Protest


St. Paul Police Deny Their Officer Was Man Seen Starting Riot At Minneapolis Protest

The St. Paul Police Department issued a statement late Thursday night denying that a man identified as a St. Paul police officer is not the same man seen breaking windows at a Minneapolis AutoZone with a hammer on Wednesday.

“RUMOR CONTROL…We are aware of the social media post that erroneously identifies one of our officers as the person caught on video breaking windows in Minneapolis,” the St. Paul Police Department’s official Twitter account tweeted. “We’ve seen it. We’ve looked into it. And it’s false.”

“So we also want to be perfectly clear about this: The person in the video is not our officer,” the statement added. “We don’t know who that person is, but we hope he’s identified and held accountable for his actions. Our officer? He’s been working hard, keeping people and property safe, and protecting the right to peacefully assemble. It’s sad that people would post and share this untrue information, adding more confusion to an already painful time in our community.”

Twitter users began circulating an image of a St. Paul police officer that appeared to resemble a man dressed in all black, carrying a black umbrella and wearing a black gas mask, wielding what appears to be a hammer that he used to smash the windows of an Autozone store on Wednesday afternoon. The man appears to be a part of an effort to turn peaceful protests violent.

In the first video, live-streamed by Brad Svenson, a candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, the man can be seen smashing the entire storefront with a hammer as he is confronted by a black protester who appears to be carrying a pizza box.

The protester stands in the rioter’s path and he is quickly joined by several other protesters who appear to confront the man. The rioter can be seen making a hasty retreat towards the rear of the store.

A second video captures the group of peaceful protesters confronting the same rioter as he attempts to flee the scene.

“The guy just came with a hammer and smashed the windows,” a woman says as she records the scene.

The man then turns and threatens to fight one of the protesters before he appears to shove the woman filming him.

“Are you a f*cking cop?” one protester yells at him as he continues to walk away from the scene.

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