Steve Loeding, Minneapolis cop, under investigation after posting threatening Facebook status about "Somali hangout spot"

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Loeding may have violated the MPD's social media policy with his controversial status update.
Minneapolis cop Steve Loeding is under investigation after posting a threatening Facebook status about a "Somali hangout spot" flying an upside-down American flag.

The MPD's policy and procedures manual bars employees from using social networking sites "to harass or attack others."

Loeding, 40 and a 15-year veteran of the MPD, posted the comment about the area around South 26th Avenue and East 25th Street around 8:30 Sunday night. He deleted it by Monday morning, but by that time screengrabs of his status had already been sent to city officials.

Here's what Loeding said (from the Pioneer Press):
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Loeding went on to make the following remarks in response to comments left on his status:
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Loeding was pissed about an upside-down flag he said he saw near S. 26th & E. 25th.
... it has nothing to do with a cop enforcing a Non-law... it has everything to do with me, an American citizen, who loves and respects my country and it's (sic) symbols (the eagle, the flag)...

... It pisses me off that these immigrants have been 'forced' to live in a free country that would actually allow them to do this and they fly it upside down - a big '---- YOU' to the country that has given them the ability to work, practice their religion and treat our flag like a piece of ----. And I'd much rather teach people the proper respect than investigate a stolen bicycle from an unlocked garage...

... if I can educate the newest immigrants on the proper way to be respectful to the flag, then that is what I will do.
MPD spokesman Sgt. William Palmer confirmed to the PiPress that Loeding remains on duty with the traffic enforcement unit while under investigation. There is a mosque and Somali restaurant near the intersection of 26th & 25th, but nobody has confirmed Loeding's report of an upside-down flag in the area.

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Nic
Nic

He has been spewing negativity and hatred on Facebook for years. This is nothing new, but he finally got caught. 

ali2975
ali2975

i am somali, the flag wasn't put upside down on purpose, it was probably just ignorance. big deal at least they have the flag up though.

Shoukem
Shoukem

I know a conservative caller on Jason Lewis show, saying that he will hang the flag upside down if President Obama wins reelection, and I'm sure this idiot would have agreed with him and even do it himself.Aslo it could be the wind or the way it was hang, may be it fall down, or hanging law, doesn't mean they did it on purpose.I think they should investigate him, I wonder if he stopped, ticketed or arrests some individuals just because they were Somali.

Mgresist
Mgresist

Loeding is clearly not knowledgeable.  An upside-down US flag is a symbol of distress.  Given the starvation happening in Somalia and US banks' refusal to transfer funds to the country, the symbol seems justified.  Further, it is not the role of the cops to "teach people" about First Amendment-protected expression.  That kind of conduct smacks of a police-state.

MP
MP

1. He NEVER threatened anyone. In his own words on his FB posting, he went in and told them to hang the flag right side up. The rest of the posting was venting to his friends online.2. this is irresponsible reporting - when the original article was posted early this am - the investigation hadn't even started. Instead, this reporter started asking 2 people in a random Mpls intersection if the flag had been displayed upside down. - random because a specific location had not been named. Also, the reporter failed to find out that this is the first & only complaint or speck of anything on this 15 yr. veterans record.3. Since there is an investigation pending - using his name, his side business and showing his picture is irresponsible again and premature. Criminals that have been charged, not simply investigated have their pictures published. Again, he has NOT been charged or punished because the investigation has yet to take place. This article not only stirs tension in the specific community but also judges this police officer BEFORE an investigation is complete.

Cooksy
Cooksy

§ 176. Respect for flagNo disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.  And unless this person was in dire distress that leaves us with only one option, disrespect.  With disrespect comes, violence and with violence, well you figure it out.  The ball is in there court.  I am tired of immigrants trying to goat American's into their way of life then screaming racism becasue we don't comply.  We were perfectly fine before they got here and we will be perfectly fine when they go back home to their worn torn ravaging country, but if they want to stay here in peace they had better learn what peace really is.   

Seed
Seed

Maybe they are fans of America Recordings, the record label that release later Johnny Cash albums and uses that symbol.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

If he wanted to bitch about people doing things wrong rather than investigate theft, perhaps he should have studied political science instead of law enforcement.

Tea party, heh...if this dude had no union, he'd be doing what the rest of us do when we complain about our jobs publicly...looking for a new one. Foolish.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

It appears both sides were disrespectful of others feelings.And it wasn't this cops obligation to "educate the newest immigrants on the proper way to be respectful to the flag".They knew EXACTLY what they were doing and the proper way to hang their country's flag.

MP
MP

An upside down flag is BOTH a sign of distress AND disrespectful. YOU are NOT knowledgable Mgresist. There are specific regulations for the proper way to display a flag. http://www.senate.gov/referenc...  

Mgresist
Mgresist

 Not so.  Loeding has had at least one prior internal affairs complaint that I was able to quickly locate (98-73 with four allegations).

Joe J.
Joe J.

their, not there - goad, not goat - war torn, not wore tore  Hey if you want to live in America Cooksy, learn English. And by the way, the Native Americans were also "perfectly fine" before we got here.

amiller92
amiller92

Did you really just argue that the proper response to "disrespect" is violence?  

Odey Ja'Far
Odey Ja'Far

You fail to understand that reporters went to the location this KKK sympathizer went to and could not find his accusations. So apparently his attempt was to put a poor light under the Somali-Americans in MN and he miserably failed. He is nothing but a racist relative of Adolf Hitler.

The city of MN needs to cleanse itself of white supremacist. I mean look at this man who tainted the image of this honorable profession.

I discuss this further in my personal blog at myhajj.blogspot.com

Eastwood
Eastwood

How do you know for a fact that the people who supposedly flew an upside down flag knew EXACTLY what they were doing?  Proof or it didn't happen.  Oh, and btw, an upside down flag does not mean disrespect, it was a sign of the country in extreme distress.  http://www.jeffhead.com/libert...

MP
MP

Again, you are WRONG Mgreist. Be careful about what you throw online when false. You are damaging someone's reputation and record BEFORE any investigation has taken place. You have NO place to judge.

Jody
Jody

But the truth, nonetheless.......

Nomail
Nomail

Hey MP... Looks like that means mpls policeman and no doubt writen by the one under investigation defending himself.

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