A Missouri police officer with the St. Ann Police Department, which neighbors Ferguson, was suspended indefinitely for pointing his rifle at a protester Tuesday night and threatening to kill him during a gathering for slain teen Michael Brown, who was gunned by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.
Police Chief Aaron Jimenez confirmed that Lieutenant Ray Albers pointed a semi-automatic rifle at the protester after a ‘verbal exchange’ —during which the officer said ‘I will fu**ing kill you!”—and was ordered to lower his weapon by a St. Louis county sergeant.
The incident was caught on video. See above.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri demanded that Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, asking him to “identify and remove a police officer who demonstrated an inability to perform appropriately in Ferguson on Tuesday, Aug. 19.”
“This officer’s actions heighten the tension surrounding Ferguson,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri. “I am hopeful that Col. Replogle will respond swiftly because this behavior is contrary to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s effort to build positive relations with the community.”
It is not clear whether Albers was suspended from his duties in Ferguson or suspended from duty entirely.