Robert Buth, hijab-wearing St. Paul cop, apologizes for culturally insensitive photo

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Buth: "I sincerely regret that the image, which was never intended to become public, may have been viewed to be insensitive to the Muslim community."
A day after a photo of him wearing a hijab, Target badge, and lipstick created a firestorm, St. Paul K-9 officer Robert Buth apologized yesterday for his ill-advised Halloween costume choice.

SEE ALSO: St. Paul PD investigating photo of purported off-duty cop crossdressing as Muslim woman

St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith later chimed in with a statement endorsing Ruth's apology, so it appears the controversy won't land Ruth in seriously hot water.

Here's the entirety of Buth's apology, which came in the form of a press release from the St. Paul PD:
I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the recently publicized photo which showed me at a private Halloween party on my personal time.

I sincerely regret that the image, which was never intended to become public, may have been viewed to be insensitive to the Muslim community.

I am proud to be a Saint Paul police officer. I have enjoyed working with all of our diverse communities and look forward to working to repairing any damage which may have been caused.
And here's the statement from Smith that was published about an hour later:
I respect Officer Buth's efforts to apologize to those who may have been offended by the recently publicized photo of him. I believe his apology is sincere and that he will work to correct any negative perceptions brought about by the image.

In his 13-year career with the Saint Paul Police Department, Officer Buth has been recognized by our communities for his service. We expect that he will once again draw upon those experiences as he works to rebuild their trust.

Officer Buth's apology also signifies an understanding that as a Saint Paul police officer, we are responsible for our actions both while on-duty and off-duty.
Fox 9 reports that it isn't clear whether Buth faces any discipline whatsoever. Lori Saroya, executive director for the Minnesota chapter of the Council of American-Islamic relations, has called for the St. Paul PD to provide more diversity training for officers in the wake of the controversy.

In 2003, Buth was suspended for one day after he punched a student while he was working as a school resource officer, Fox reports. But he also received a medal of merit in 2005.

Target has confirmed that Buth worked as an off-duty officer at its University Avenue store in St. Paul. As the photo was circulating around the internet earlier this week, the company announced it was conducting its own investigation into the photo, which a company spokesperson strongly condemned.

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21 comments
BioBeing
BioBeing

Love the costume!  I'm sure there are a lot of people kicking themselves in the butt for not thinking of it before.  People do need to get over themselves.  If he were dressed up in a sombrero and pancho... it probably would not have made the news.  

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

i'm offended that he apologized. there was no reason to.

Winnie Winans-jerik
Winnie Winans-jerik

People are to worried about others feelings. Give me a break, you are in America have a problem go back to your country!!!!!!

Jo Nc Lewis
Jo Nc Lewis

leave the guy alone. good greif so tired of the whiny ppl. it was A PRIVATE PARTY. do we all want to be judged in our private homes.

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

Cmon. Poor guy doesn't deserve all this shit.

TheVoiceOfReason
TheVoiceOfReason

Bob is a good guy, I worked with him many years ago before he was an Airport Cop...from memory he was a nice guy with a dry sense of humor. This kinda makes sense...I'm sure he never thought it would get out to the public..Don't judge him too harsh, I'm sure he is getting enough of that at work.

jblockmn
jblockmn

How is this different from someone dressing up like a nun? 

meesh427
meesh427

People need to get over themselves.  It was a Halloween costume for Pete's sake.  I don't get pissed off when I seem someone dressed as an Italian gangster.  I could cry and feel sorry for myself because of the awful Italian stereotype but I don't because I am an adult and only I am responsible for the way something makes me feel. If you are offended by a Halloween costume, you are being an idiot not the person wearing the costume.

Bridget Sullivan
Bridget Sullivan

Give me a break????? Does the press have nothing better to do than report shit like this..... IT WAS HALLOWEEN if it would of been anyone other than a COP it would not have gotten any attention....leave the cop alone....he is out there everyday helping everyone and the press picks on him...complete BULLSHITT

Ronna Gallagher
Ronna Gallagher

This is ridiculous!! What if he dressed up as a nun, or a prisoner...etc.. would he be criticized. The media is blowing this out of control.. Whats next? Ban Halloween?

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

If this was actually a halloween costume, I don't care. That's the point of halloween. If he was making fun of a stereotype and calling it a halloween costume, then that's kinda shitty as someone that works as a public servent.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I think this is sad. It was Halloween for goodness sakes! The costume is spot on too, sure culturally insensitive but its a joke. Leave the guy alone and shame on the person running to show this pic off!

Christopher Gordon Storlie
Christopher Gordon Storlie

God, go figure they had a typo in the CityPages... And for the record, this is an AMAZING costume.. I like his style.

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