Police Aggression Continues in Ferguson

By Julissa Catalan


The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the Michael Brown shooting continued Tuesday night.

St. Louis TV station KMOV reported that unlike previous nights, Tuesday’s gathering seemed peacefulthat is, until around midnight when water bottles filled with urine were thrown at police officers.

Although KMOV’s coverage does mention that peaceful protesters felt “instigated” by the overly aggressive police, what it failed to mention was the extent of that aggression.

The video shows a police officer spraying pepper spray into a crowd of protestersbefore a protester retaliates by throwing a bottle in his direction.

According to reports by Mashable, the chaos began after a female protester was injured and put into an ambulance as the crowd screamed, “She’s pregnant!”

A YouTube video from last night has since surfaced, further depicting the extent of the aggression that Ferguson police officers are using toward protesters without just cause.

In the video, a civilian is heard saying, “My hands are up,” as a police officer is pointing a rifle directly at him and waving it at other protesters as well. The officer yells, “Stand back,” before moving toward the crowd while aiming the rifle and yelling, “I will f—ing kill you! Get back!”

After one of the protesters asks for the officer’s name, the officer replies, “Go f— yourself!”

Another civilian-filmed YouTube video of the same officerapparently only moments after the first videoshows the officer aiming the rifle directly at the person filming. The person is heard asking him to put his gun down, while the officer moves closer to him with the rifle pointed directly at him. The officer continues to say, “Get back,” as he moves closer to the civilian.

Another officer comes in and points the rifle downward as he escorts the aggressive policeman away from the crowd of protesters.

The officer has reportedly been identified by Operation Ferguson as Ray Albers.

The night ended with 47 arrests.

Latest News

Southern Company Commits $700,000 To Advance Racial Equity and Social Justice for the AAPI Community

Originally published at southerncompany.mediaroom.com. Southern Company ranked No. 20 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   The Southern Company Gas Charitable Foundation is announcing plans to donate $700,000 across its service territories to charities in support of improving equity and social justice. On the six-month…

Oak Park, Illinois

Illinois Professor Suspended, Charged with Hate Crime After Allegedly Spitting on Black Woman and Using Racial Slur

An Illinois professor has been suspended from his job and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly spat on and racially attacked a Black female driver in a suburban Chicago grocery store parking lot earlier this month. Antonio Planas of NBC News has reported that Alberto Friedmann, a professor…

Joaquin Castro

New Research Shows a Continued Lack of Hispanic and Latinx Representation in Movies, Media and Publishing

In a bit of disheartening news in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, a new government study has confirmed that Latinx individuals are vastly under-included and underrepresented in many parts of the media world. Astrid Galvan of the Associated Press reported on the study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office,…

Newberg, Oregon

Oregon School Employee Suspended for Showing Up to Work in Blackface To Protest State Vaccination Policies

Racial controversies continue to mount at the Newberg Public School system located in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Last week, students in the district’s high school conducted a mock “slave auction” on social media in which they ridiculed fellow classmates and discussed how much they would or wouldn’t pay to…