Minnesota DPS apologizes for issuing ‘offensive’ license plates

Offensive license plate kicks up controversy in Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton expressed his displeasure that the plates were allowed. “I am appalled that this license plate was issued by the State of Minnesota,” he said in a statement. “It is offensive, and the person who requested it should be ashamed. That prejudice has no place in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Tuesday a license plate that read “FMUSLMS” should never have been issued and the plates would be revoked immediately.

According to Fox 9, a Snapchat photo of the license plate was shared over the weekend on the Facebook page of Somali community activist Haji Yusuf. Yusuf told Fox 9 the photo was taken by a St. Cloud high school student. Fox 9 confirmed the plates were ordered by a man from Foley, northeast of St. Cloud.

Yusuf is a member of Unite Cloud, an advocacy group that seeks to eliminate discrimination against Muslims and other groups.