Minneapolis Police officer fired over offensive Christmas tree decorations is back on the job

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A former Minneapolis police officer fired for decorating a precinct Christmas tree with racially-insensitive items in 2018 is back on the job.

A spokesman confirms Mark Bohnsack is back with the Minneapolis PD after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongly terminated. It's not clear whether or not he will receive back pay.

RelatedTree decorations at 4th precinct MPD headquarters are called racist

The tree in the department's 4th Precinct headquarters was decorated with things like a Popeye's chicken bucket, a bag of Takis, a pack of Newport cigarettes and police tape....items associated with racist stereotypes. It prompted outrage from community leaders and led to the demotion of the precinct's commander.

The facts of this case are clear. Chief Arradondo's decision to terminate/discipline should not be overturned in cases like this. We need arbitration reform that tackles an arbitrator’s authority to reinstate in cases of established, egregious misconduct. https://t.co/lZu8suFLPF— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) August 13, 2020

On Twitter, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says it was wrong to overturn Chief Arradondo's decision to fire Bohnsack. Frey says there needs to be arbitration reform that tackles an arbitrator’s authority to reinstate in cases of established, egregious misconduct.