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Minneapolis police investigating Facebook posts believed to be by officer that mock protesters, encourage looting


Star Tribune

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Minneapolis police have opened an internal affairs investigation after a string of recent Facebook posts purportedly from a police officer mocked protesters and encouraged looting in a neighborhood that is home to much of the city's Somali population.

The Facebook posts, first reported by City Pages, are shared under the name "Dave Rock." The newspaper reported that the account belongs to Officer David Peña.

Asked about Peña's current status or whether he was placed on leave, police spokesman John Elder said the internal affairs investigation has been opened "to find the origins of these posts."


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