The absolute nerve of some people who were hired to ‘serve and protect,’ yet have shown their true colors over the past few weeks as protests and demonstrations inspired by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown continue. A police officer just 15 miles away from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo. allegedly said he thinks the protesters should have been “put down like rabid dogs.”
And the officer who allegedly shared this sentiment, at one time received the 2009 City of Glendale Community Service Award and the 2013 Kirkwood American Legion Post and Kirkwood Optimist Club Public Safety Award.
Officer Matthew Pappert has been a police officer with the Glendale Police Department since 2008.
According to screenshots from a series of Facebook posts obtained by The Daily Caller, he is apparently not happy about the protesters in Ferguson.
In the Facebook posts that goes back to Aug. 17, Pappert allegedly wrote, “I’m sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community.”
“These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night,” he said in a later comment on the same post.
And after learning that the Ku Klux Klan would be in Ferguson, he said there would be thugs and white trash in the same location, and then quipped, “Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need him?”
His contempt extended to Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson’s interaction with the community, after a picture of Johnson making a hand gesture with a protester surfaced. Johnson was commended for his compassion towards the protestors, and the “hand gesture” was later found to be that of Kappa Alpha Psi, a black fraternity.
Apparently, Pappert is an ardent supporter of Officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot 17-year-old Michael Brown.
According to the City of Glendale 2013 Annual Report, Pappert is a firearms instructor and part of the Crisis Intervention Team, the same team that would respond if events like Ferguson were to happen in his hometown. And his comments did not happen in a vacuum. Glendale has 11 officers and eight civilian employees. Pappert is friends with at least one police officer and five of the civilian employees.
Glendale Police Chief Jeff Beaton said the Facebook page seems by all accounts to be Pappert.
“I’m shocked to be quite honest,” he told TheDC. “I wouldn’t expect any of my officers to make any kind of posts related directly to this incident since it doesn’t involve our agency. Again those are personal posts and they absolutely do not reflect the City of Glendale.”
Beaton also said that if events like Ferguson were to happen in Glendale, Pappert would likely be a responder.
Oh god. Arizona, you’ve been warned.