Officer threatened to kill protesters, relieved of duty

FERGUSON, Mo. -- A death threat probably isn't the first thing you'd expect to hear from a police officer.

But that's exactly what happened to protesters walking the streets of Ferguson, Mo. late Tuesday night, where days of unrest and protests have unfolded followed the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. And it was all caught on camera.

"I will f***ing kill you. Get back," the unnamed officer can be heard yelling as he levels his rifle at bystanders recording him. When someone responds, demanding the officer's name, he replies, "Go f*** yourself."

Another officer intervenes, steering the first officer away from the crowd and lowering the barrel of his rifle.

The footage caught the attention of the Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which called for disciplinary action from the officer's supervisors.

The officer in question has since been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, according to a report from Mashable.

"On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, shortly before midnight, an incident occurred wherein a St. Ann police officer pointed a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful protestor after a verbal exchange. It was at this time a St. Louis County police sergeant walked over and immediately took action, forcing the officer to lower the weapon, and escorting him away from the area," St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman told Mashable.


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