“Best day Ferguson has had in years”
Some supporters of demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri reacted to the shooting of two police officers by justifying or even celebrating the incident.
Two cops were seriously injured when shots were fired during a rally outside the Ferguson Police Department just after midnight following the announcement that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson planned to resign.
“These police officers were standing there, and they were shot–just because they were police officers,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters.
In video footage which captures the moments before and after the shooting, one protester is heard to say, “Acknowledgement nine months ago would have kept that from happening,” a reference to the death of Michael Brown.
Further justification of the shooting emerged on Twitter, with some even expressing their satisfaction that the officers were targeted.
— The Reverend (@Kelemchrist) March 12, 2015
#Ferguson kill the pigs
— Lifeless (@hastavilla) March 12, 2015
— Edward (@ejc8713) March 12, 2015
FERGUSON PIG-SHOOT; Finally, somebody speaks the only language the Gestapo pigs understand! GOOD WORK! — Rage Against Tyranny (@NoMoreGulags) March 12, 2015
— OPERATION NATION (@OperationNation) March 12, 2015
Racist cops shot not gonna cry 4 pigs #Ferguson
— #LONGLIVEWENGER (@StayBlessedKid) March 12, 2015
Ferguson pigs getting shot… ?? — Cheyo (@CheyosWorld) March 12, 2015
FERGUSON! SHOTS FIRED, PORKCHOPS DOWN! Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it Gestapo pigs!? Hahahahaha!
— Rage Against Tyranny (@NoMoreGulags) March 12, 2015
After what the Ferguson Police Dep has done does anyone REAAALLY care that three pigs were shot? #NoLOL
— Josi (@joselleaq) March 12, 2015
— ?W3PW4w3t? (@Anarch_Z) March 12, 2015
One woman even suggested that the Ferguson Police Department shot their own officers in order to blame protesters.
Fuck the police nobody shot those pigs in #Ferguson they did that themselves! Inside job!
— FUCK SAE OU (@StylistSunshine) March 12, 2015
Journalist Rania Khalek tried to make the case that protesters were the target of the shooting, despite there being a significant distance between demonstrators and police.
As we have exhaustively documented, the riots in Ferguson and the targeting of police officers only serves to discredit opposition to the genuine problem of police brutality.
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