By now, it is abundantly clear that Ferguson PD is their own worst enemy. Yesterday (Aug. 17), officers were caught threatening to shoot and mace journalists, including MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who were doing their jobs.
Police in Ferguson were caught on camera Sunday night threatening to mace one reporter and shoot another. At least two other journalists also claim they were arrested while following police orders.
Shortly after 10 pm Sunday night, police began launching tear gas at protesters and demanded that reporters turn their cameras off.
In a confrontation caught on the KARG Arugus Radio livestream, a cop noticed Mustafa Hussein filming with his camera lights on—which police claim makes it hard for them to see—and confronted him, allegedly pointing a gun at him.
“Get down, get the fuck out of here and get that light off, or you’re getting shot with this,” the officer yells at Hussein.
The violence reportedly erupted around 8:30 pm, hours before the midnight curfew that was in effect for a second day.
Chris Hayes was actually threatened on the air (see the video on the flip) while reporting from the scene.
Watch footage of the officer making his threats in the video below.
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