*Good news does still happen. And the Ferguson community can sure use some right about now. Remember that awful police officer caught on camera a few weeks back, raising his gun and cursing at protestors and threatening to kill them? Well, he apparently got a good talking to, and he has now resigned from the force.
A report by the St. Louis Dispatch says Lt. Ray Albers, 46, stepped down from the St. Ann police department on Thursday. The resignation comes just a little over a week after The Huffington Post and other outlets confirmed Albers’ identity in footage of the officer threatening civilians protesting the death of Michael Brown.
Without mincing words, the officer declared, “I will fucking kill you!” to protestors on video, with his weapon drawn and pointed at unarmed people. It was not until a fellow officer came and requested the officer withdraw his weapon, that Albers was escorted away from the people he was threatening.
When protestors asked his name, Albers can be heard telling the protester: “Go fuck yourself.”
The lieutenant had served in the military, and was a 20-year veteran of the department.
Although St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez was “highly angry and upset” at Albers’ choice of words, he told the Huffington Post that he defended Albers’ actions – raising his weapon in the air.
“He saw three to four suspects with bandanas on, and saw one of them raise a gun towards him,” Jimenez said. “That made him draw his weapon up to the crowd, and he was scanning and moving that weapon back and forth, trying to assess the scene. … Him seeing the gun in the crowd, he had every right to protect himself in fear of danger until he assessed the scene.”
Jimenez told The Dispatch had the incident happened at any other time than this, Albers would have [just] been suspended without pay.
Jimenez had the audacity to add,
“A whole bunch of what you’d call citizen journalists, who were sitting with cameras recording, waiting for something stupid to happen, which they got. They won on this one,” Jimenez told the publication.
And remember that other officer…Officer Matthew Pappert of Glendale who posted the message on Facebook that said Ferguson protesters should be “put down like rabid dogs” and asked where “is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them?”
His ass is out, too. Fired last Thursday.
Guess I am just another journalist lying in wait for “something stupid to happen.”