Cop Who Cursed, Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended
The Associated Press Aug 20, 2014, 5:35 PM
A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semiautomatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday.
A protester captured the exchange on video that has been posted to YouTube and several websites. It happened Tuesday night during the latest of several protests that have followed the Aug. 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 (expletive) kill you."
St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said the officer is with the police department in St. Ann, another St. Louis County town near Ferguson. His name hasn't been released. Messages seeking comment from St. Ann's police chief were not returned.
Schellman said a county police sergeant took immediate action, telling the officer to lower the weapon and escorting him from the area. The officer was suspended indefinitely.
The right thing was done, but I post this as an example of what the black community has to deal with from the police on a daily basis. This is the kind of thing that allow for another black youth to be shot down in the street for the slightest breach of not only white privilege but police privilege.
Do you see it? This kid was shot because he didn't move fast enough for the privileged status of this white officer. The news media was arrested illegally because they didn't move fast enough to suit the privilege felt by the police. This suspended officer felt so privileged by his status and the prevailing attitude that nothing was going to happen to him, that he easily and readily pointed a loaded weapon at peaceful demonstrators and spoke exactly what is in his heart. Even with the knowledge of the media being present recording this, he readily undervalued, underestimated and marginalized those black lives as if those lives had zero value beyond his white and police privilege. The American system of institutionalized racism.
This is the attitude we black people have put up with everyday. We have to have the talk with our youth that white parents can't even imagine to have with their youth. And then it is demanded of us to be silent and wait on a justice system that is murdering our children in the streets by police and "lawful" sanction. And to top that off black people are the ones that are accused of playing the race card before the bodies of our youth get cold enough to bury if we say anything.http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/20/us/missouri-police-officer-suspended/index.html?hpt=hp_c2