Police Officer Suspended After Threatening Protester in Ferguson

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_891be18f5f.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (ST. LOUIS) -- The Saint Louis County Police Department announced on Wednesday that a St. Ann Police Officer was suspended indefinitely after a video circulated showing him threatening peaceful protesters on Tuesday night. The SLCPD said in a press release that the officer was seen pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful protester. The incident followed a "verbal exchange."

In the video, someone is heard asking the officer for his name, to which the officer replies "Go f*** yourself." The officer then appears to threaten to kill the civilian. The police department noted that a St. Louis County Police Sergeant de-escalated the tension of the situation by forcing the officer to lower his weapon and escorting him from the area.

The SLCPD released notes that the officer was relieved of duty and suspended.

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