Two police officers in Minneapolis have been placed on leave over a racist Christmas tree display.
The department is conducting an internal investigation after two officers decorated a tree in the city’s majority-black Fourth Precinct with a pack of Newport cigarettes, a piece of yellow crime scene tape, bags of Takis, empty cans of malt liquor, a cup from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and other items of trash, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The decorations were promptly taken down, but photos sparked outrage on social media.
Mayor Jacob Frey (D) called the decorations “racist, despicable, and well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis.”
Frey initially called for the officers to be fired immediately, but the department placed them on paid leave due to legal requirements regarding the dismissal process.