ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis police officer shown on cellphone video pointing his rifle at demonstrators in Ferguson and threatening them is now out of a job.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press that police Lt. Ray Albers resigned Thursday. A phone call seeking comment from Albers was not returned.
The incident happened Aug. 19 during protests that followed the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.
On the video, a man is heard saying, "Oh my God! Gun raised!" as the officer approaches. The officer walks near the man, gun pointed, and appears to threaten to kill him.
A St. Louis County police sergeant forced the officer to lower the weapon and escorted him away. Albers was suspended a day later.
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ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police announced an officer who was caught on camera threatening to kill a protester Tuesday night has been suspended.
The officer, who works for the St. Ann Police Department, was suspended after a YouTube video surfaced of the officer using foul language while threatening to kill someone if they did not follow his command.
St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jiminez said the officer raised his gun after he saw a weapon in the crowd. After realizing it was only a BB gun, Jiminez said the officer then scanned the crowd with his AR-22 rifle raised, which Jiminez said is a standard procedure.
“It was havoc at that time. He also got urine thrown on him, having to deal with that is obviously disgusting,” Jiminez said. “However, when he‘s trying to protect the public and asking people to back up, under no circumstances do I, or our department, condone his language.”
Jiminez said he spoke with the officer, and placed him on unpaid suspension. Jiminez said officers are often provoked by protesters, but sometime officers also play the role of agitator.
“I’m not going to say that every police officer is perfect, that could be happening. Unfortunately, if it is, I hope it stops.”
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