Cop Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Is Suspended
Officer in Ferguson also threatened to kill one of them
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2014 5:14 PM CDT
People march Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them. A St. Louis County police spokesman says the incident involving an officer from the St. Ann Police Department happened late yesterday. The officer's name hasn't been released. A county police sergeant took immediate action, telling the officer to lower the weapon and escorting him from the area, said the spokesperson.

The development comes as Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson today to meet with community members in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, reports the Wall Street Journal. And elsewhere, a grand jury convened to begin gathering evidence about the fatal shooting. Protests were relatively peaceful last night, prompting Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson to say that they may have reached a "turning point." (City officials in Ferguson are considering equipping their officers with cameras.)

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Aug 23, 2014 4:05 PM CDT
I'm sure this guy's background should be dug up, because according to him, he's killed a LOT of people, and apparently he is proud of it. Given the context of this video, ALL his past killings should be examined to see if they were justified; my educated guess is, a majority of the killings he claims to be responsible for WERE NOT justified. This guy need not just be fired, he needs to be in prison.
Aug 22, 2014 9:32 AM CDT
Suspended cop is St. Ann Police Dept. Lt. Ray Albers. He needs to be permanently relieved of duty before he snaps and opens fire on someone.
Aug 22, 2014 12:41 AM CDT
Out of curiosity..If a private citizen points a loaded assault rifle at someone and yells, "I will f**king kill you!" Is that a crime?