Editor’s Note: With high tension down on the streets of Ferguson, this officer’s reaction might cause more violence to occur in the coming days. But was he justified for the way he reacted?
An unnamed police officer from St. Ann, Missouri, has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely after he was caught on camera pointing an assault rifle at a protester, in Ferguson, on Tuesday night.
The officer was supposed to part of the effort to keep the peace, but instead two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show him pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at protestors and shouting: ‘I will f****** kill you.’
The incident happened just before midnight on Tuesday during the latest of several protests that have followed the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
On the video, a man is heard saying, ‘Oh my God! Gun raised!’ as the officer approaches. The identity of the man who shot the video is not known.
‘My hands are up, bro! My hands are up!’ the man said.
The officer walks near the man with his gun pointed and appears to say, ‘I will f****** kill you.’
Another protestor then asks the officer to identify himself.
‘What’s your name, sir?’ he asks.
‘Go f*** yourself,’ the officer replies.