Story at a glance
- George Floyd’s death brought attention to the excessive use of force by Minneapolis police, especially against black people.
- A local homeowner reported receiving a threat after putting up a Black Lives Matter sign in her yard.
- The mayor and local police said they are aware of the threats and are investigating.
Police in Roseville, Minn., are investigating threats against residents who have expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the days following George Floyd's death.
Threatening notes were left on homes and cars about 10 minutes from the city where George Floyd was killed after a white Minneapolis police officer used lethal force during an arrest. Roseville Police told a local news outlet they are investigating three cases while St. Paul Police are reportedly investigating another.
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“Our gut is all we can go on right now – but for some reason it feels a little bit more personal, like it is someone who lives around here and who sees us,” Ashley Weller, whose family has black children and displayed numerous signs supporting Black Lives Matter, social justice and George Floyd, told KARE11. “We know it’s directly related to the signs, because the threats actively say 'take the signs down'...We think it’s further bias for us because we’re a family of color.”
One of the notes Keller shared with KARE 11 said, “your neighbors have grown sick of your [expletive] riots and [expletive] matters signs… remove them or we torch your home and cars real quiet with lighter fluid while you sleep.”
Another resident posted a note found on her front door to Twitter. Julie Reuvers, a single mom with two kids, said she has a Black Lives Matter sign displayed at her residence.
Found stuck in my front door this morning. Proof that these rioters are professional terrorists. pic.twitter.com/hY5Hig8bXP— Julie Reuvers (@juliereuvers) May 30, 2020
Roseville Mayor Dan Roe called the reports "disturbing" in a tweet and said "such threats are reprehensible and all should be reported" to Roseville PD.
We are aware and are investigating the threats in Roseville. Please, report any in-progress suspicious behavior to 9-1-1. https://t.co/sY1b69fpNN— Roseville, MN Police (@RosevilleMN_PD) June 1, 2020
Protests have not been reported in Roseville, but a spokeswoman for Rosedale Center told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal that the mall had been asked to close by local authorities on May 28 after protests in Minneapolis.
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