A Velda City police officer who has been part of the militarized police apparatus holding down operations on West Florissant Avenue is spreading lies about Ferguson protesters online.
Sergeant Mike Weston, going by the handle "officeranon2" on Twitter, engaged with users of the social-media network about a tear-gas attack by St. Louis County police on protesters in their own back yard on Monday, August 11. In the conversation, a Twitter user wanted to know why police would fire tear gas at people on their own property. Weston tells them it's because protesters were firing guns from their back yard. But that's not true, as evidenced in the video below.
But that was just the beginning. Sergeant Weston, who called himself "Marine," has opinions about just about everything, including Attorney General Eric Holder:
This right here is the problem. All cops might not be as forthright about their authoritarianism and race attitudes as Weston, but the attitude of "guilty until proven innocent" is all over these tweets. I encourage you to read the rest at River Front Times to see the ease with which they spin facts their way. That's institutionalized, and is the nexus of tension not just in Ferguson, but nationwide.
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