“One down. Many more to go”: Seattle-area Regal Cinema manager celebrates officer’s murder on Twitter

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EVERETT, WA – A Regal Cinema movie theatre manager near Seattle celebrated the tragic murder of an Everett police officer at the hands of a career criminal, commenting that more officers should be killed.

On March 25, Manager Nick Charles Tveit, of Shoreline, praised the on-duty murder of Everett Police Officer Dan Rocha on his Twitter account, tweeting:

“One down. Many more to go.”

KTTH Radio talk show host Jason Rantz responded to the heartless and shocking post:

“Do you really want to celebrate the murder of a cop, Nick?”

Tveit turned down the opportunity to reflect on his hostile comments and doubled down on his celebration of the officer’s violent murder. He replied:

“Cleaning the streets.”                   

He accompanied his reply with an emoji of praying hands, an image usually reserved for expressing prayers for someone’s recovery or success.

When Rantz further tweeted that he did not normally like to attack people who are ‘down,’ but that a ‘cretin’ like Tveit deserved to be attacked; the ‘cretin’ replied:

“Many of your kings (hypocritical, shallow, dumb-ass conservatives) were happy the ‘streets were cleaner’ when George Floyd was killed in cold blood.

“You won’t have my big remorse for a pig. Streets are cleaner with less cops on them!”

Tveit did not openly disclose that he was the manager of a theater, a business that requires public support to operate successfully. In fact, once the comment began drawing negative attention, he began deleting posts linking his account to his name and employer.

Regardless, the man’s occupation was exposed by Fox News producer Gregg Re. Re took to Twitter on March 26 to make sure readers knew Tveit’s workplace in the community, and said that people should not be shocked by these ignorant comments coming out of Seattle:

“The individual celebrating the death of a police officer in Everett today is a manager at @RegalMovies in downtown Seattle.

This is not hidden information. He posted about it on his profile repeatedly. This is not unusual behavior in Seattle, either.”

Re added screenshots of Tveit’s Twitter page showing his employment with Regal Theaters and his comments celebrating a police officer’s murder.

Regal Theaters released a statement regarding their employees’ comments promising action:

“The sentiment expressed is in no way in line with our corporate values. Regal has a zero-tolerance position in this matter, and we are handling accordingly.”

Twitter user Tina Daven replied to the statement, tweeting that the comments made by Tveit should result in his termination:

“(I) would like to know what your definition of ‘handling it accordingly’ means. He needs to go!!”

According to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe, Rocha approached 50-year-old Richard James Rotter, who was acting suspiciously in the parking lot of a Starbucks in the 1000 block of Broadway Avenue in Everett at about 2 p.m.

Officer Rocha and the suspect began to struggle during the encounter, and the suspect shot and killed the officer. The suspect then fled in a vehicle, running over the officer in the process.

Everett officers pursued Rotter until he eventually crashed into a van at 35th and Rucker streets. He was taken into custody without further incident. Bail was set at $5 million.

Rotter has a lengthy criminal history, including at least 18 felonies and hundreds of contacts with Kennewick Police over the years, according to Fox News.

“One down. Many more to go”:  Seattle-area Regal Cinema manager celebrates officer's murder on Twitter

War on police continues: Officer, 41, gunned down in Starbucks parking lot – second cop murdered in the area in past week

March 26, 2022

 

EVERETT, WA- The war on police took a deadly turn Friday when an Everett, Washington police officer was gunned down in the parking lot of a Starbucks in the area of Everett Community College, Herald.net reports.

This is the second officer murdered in this area in just the past nine days since March 16

Police sources say the suspect, who initially fled, was apprehended a short time later.

Ironically, the killing happened on the same day that mourners were paying their final respects to a murdered Pierce County sheriff’s deputy, Deputy Dominique “Dom” Calata, 35, who was shot and killed last week during a SWAT operation, KOMO reported.

According to a witness George LaBauve who lives nearby, he heard a number of gunshots at around 2:15 p.m. When he looked outside, he saw a uniformed police officer lying on the ground in the Starbucks parking lot. The business is located across the street from the college.

He saw the shooter tuck a gun, then get in a blue Mini Cooper and fled the area, running the mortally wounded officer over while tearing off the back bumper of the car in the process, LaBauve recalled. He said the vehicle left at a high rate of speed.

The outlet reported that sheriff’s deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriffs Office placed a yellow sheet over the deceased officer’s body at approximately 2:30 p.m.

At about the same time police said, the suspect was involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving a white van and another vehicle about 2.5 miles south of the shooting. The impact caused the van to roll onto its side, while the other two vehicles—though sustaining significant damage—had damage to their front ends.

According to Everett police officer Kerby Duncan, police took the suspect, who has not been identified, into custody.

Investigators from the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team responded to both the scene of the shooting as well as the accident scene. That team is a group of detectives who investigate major events in the area.

Due to the seriousness of the event, the community college went into a brief lockdown. In addition, WSU Everett was also evacuated and closed, police said.

On Friday evening, authorities released the identity of the murdered police officer, KOMO reported. He was identified as 41-year-old Officer Dan Rocha, who has been with the department since 2017. As of 5:20 p.m. PDT Friday, the identity of the suspect had not been released.

In a social media post, the Everett Police Department wrote the following:

“He served the City of Everett as a patrol officer in North Everett for most of his career and was well respected by both the community and his fellow officers. His loss will forever leave a void in our agency and our community.”

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers released the following statement:

“Our hearts ache for the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen officer,” it read.

“On behalf of Snohomish County, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire community shaken by this loss of life, and those police officers who will be out keeping our community safe, even under the shadow of this tragedy. We will provide any support the City of Everett needs and call on everyone to take a moment to honor the people who are here to serve and protect.”

The city of Everett is located about 29 miles north of Seattle along Puget Sound.

This is a breaking story. Law Enforcement Today will update as more information becomes available.
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