Minnesota officer on leave over alleged Facebook posts

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Posted: Feb 22, 2016 10:08 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police department has put an officer on leave while it investigates allegations he posted an image on his Facebook page of a car running over protesters and another that talked about shooting Muslims in the face.

Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson says officer Ben Schlag was put on paid administrative leave Friday after the police department was contacted about the posts.

The Post-Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1oy4tu2 ) reports a group called Me to We Racial Healing sent a letter to Peterson and Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede calling for an investigation of Schlag. That letter included screenshots of Facebook posts on Schlag's page.

One image, posted Nov. 17, showed a car running over protesters and the words, "Nobody cares about your protest."

A home telephone for Schlag could not be found Monday.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com