Denver, CO — Denver’s police department has charged three men in connection with a Facebook post that they allegedly posted disparaging racial groups.
In a statement on Thursday, the department said officers made the arrests after a citizen complaint and a tip from a local business.
According to the Denver Post, officers arrested 22-year-old Johnathan Kravitz, 22-old James Wilson, and 20-year old Ryan Stover on Monday and charged them with felony harassment, intimidation and making a false report.
The Post reports that Kraviz is the owner of The Blue Room, a Denver restaurant that specializes in “authentic, well-balanced Mexican cuisine.”
Wilson and Stover are both employees at the same Denver-area restaurant.
After being booked on felony harassment charges, Kravit was released from jail on $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing on Feb. 7.
“We have been made aware of the arrest of two men who allegedly posted derogatory comments about race and racial minorities on the Facebook page for The Blue Loo,” the statement read.
“The City of Denver, along with the Colorado State Patrol, have been conducting an investigation into these allegations.
The City of Colorado is aware of these reports and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement.”
Police say they received a complaint last week from a business owner that Wilson and Stoff posted disparagement comments on his business page.
In the post, the suspects allegedly said, “Fuck the minorities, I love them, they’re so smart,” and “Fuck all the blacks.”
The post has since been removed.
According to The Denver Post , the suspects reportedly went on to post disparaging comments about several African-American athletes.
Officers say the complaint was received in late October.
The post allegedly referenced the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, and the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.
According the Post, the officers responded to the business in response to the Facebook post.
After questioning the owners, the police found two men in the parking lot, and one of them was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Wilson was booked into the Adams County Detention Center, and Stove was booked at the Denver County Jail.
Both were released on $100,000 bond.