A cop assigned to the Ferguson protests went on a racist, hate-filled Twitter rampage over the course of several days. Officer Mike Weston, who posted under the handle @officeranon2, lied about gassing protesters on their own property, used racist slurs when referring to protesters, whined about his perceived hypocrisy of Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and even threatened Attorney General Eric Holder!
He has since deleted the account, likely hoping that the tweets would disappear…but the Internet never forgets.
According to River Front Times, a Twitter user wanted to know why the police would gas people who were in their own yard. That’s an answer many people would like to have, since the police allegedly used the gas to disperse the crowds and restore order. There’s nowhere to disperse to if you’re in your own yard, though. The following exchange ensued:
RFT caught Weston in that lie because they were there, in that yard, for that incident, and nobody had any guns. They had their empty hands up in protest. Weston later admitted to RFT he wasn’t actually there, but was several blocks away in a command center. He also said:
“I wasn’t spreading misinformation. There were shots being fired some yards, maybe not this particular one.”
RFT noted that the St. Louis County PD said something completely different about why they fired the tear gas. Apparently, the behavior of the protesters who were gassed in their own backyard “indicat[ed] that their intent was something other than peaceful behavior.”
In other tweets, Weston called the protesters thugs (of course). A tweet posted after Capt. Johnson said they needed to bridge the gaps between the police and protesters was a sarcastic remark about “Hug a Thug” not working.
Weston released pictures from the surveillance camera inside the robbed store, and implied that Brown deserved to be shot to death for it, even though this video shows that he may have paid for his Cigarillos.
He also mocked the excessive use of force after the autopsy results came out.
He complained about seizing two guns and a Molotov cocktail the following night, and making 31 arrests, conveniently supplying now evidence of this and without saying what all those arrests were for.
And he whined about Captain Johnson being the real racist in this tweet:
But here is his pièce de résistance: The tweet about Eric Holder’s visit to Ferguson.
Sadly, Weston isn’t the first Missouri officer to do this. Officer Matthew Pappert, of the Glendale Police Department, took to Facebook to post some racist rants about the protests as well. He called the protesters “a burden on society” and “a blight on the community.” And, of course, he also called them “thugs,” and went so far as to wish a Muslim suicide bomber on them.
What is with police officers who think saying and writing these nasty things is okay? This is not an “everyone’s entitled to their own opinion” kind of situation. Police officers have a pledge to uphold for all citizens, and, quite frankly, they should be above this despicable and just plain childish behavior.
If we can’t trust police officers to do their jobs fairly, to apply the law fairly, to adhere to the rules of engagement the way they’re trained to, then who can we trust?
By writing all of this hateful, racist commentary for all the world to see a lot of cops, and others in powerful official positions, are being their own worst enemies — and proving what Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson (and places like it) probably knew all along.