Washington Post – by Mark Berman
A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people in Ferguson on Tuesday night and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said.
The officer, who was not identified, has been removed from the field after he pointed his semi-automatic weapon at a peaceful protester, according to Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department.
A video documenting the encounter (warning: graphic language) that made the rounds on Wednesday showed the officer — who was pointing his gun in the direction of the camera – telling the residents, “I will [expletive] kill you.” When asked for his name, the officer responded with, “Go [expletive] yourself.” (It is unclear if this was the same officer that our Wesley Lowery encountered, but it appears other members of the media did run into him.)
A county police sergeant forced the officer, who works for the Saint Ann police, to lower his weapon and leave the area, Schellman said. (Another video posted online appears to show another officer moving him away from the area.)
“The unified command strongly feel these actions are inappropriate, and not indicative of the officers who have worked daily, to keep the peace,” Schellman said in an e-mail.
4 thoughts on “Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them”
Only suspended? How about arrested for attempted murder, brandishing a weapon and excessive use of force?
You can rest assured that the only reason this is happening is because it was plastered all over the internet and so many people saw it! If it were not for that this thug would be complimented on that type of behavior.You mean to tell me that the guys that work with that pig POS didn’t know he was that way to begin with.The one thing this Ferguson situation has done is shined a light on the fact that pigs are out of control and have been for a long time! They will now trough a few under the bus to make it look like they are doing something but in reality it will be much different.Expect to see a lot more of this in you face BS because they are not about to give up that power one little bit.The government at all levels are the one responsible for the militant cops and they are the ones that implemented it.