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Ferguson unrest: Police officer suspended after calling protesters 'rabid dogs' on Facebook

Published on Aug 23, 2014 11:07 AM
 
Demonstrators protest the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug 22, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A police officer in Missouri was suspended on Friday after he voiced his contempt via Facebook of protesters condemning the fatal shooting of the black teenager by a white police officer. -- PHOTO: AFP

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - A police officer in Missouri was suspended on Friday after he voiced his contempt via Facebook of protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

The police department in Glendale, another St Louis suburb, said on Friday it had suspended one of its officers who expressed contempt for the Ferguson protesters on his Facebook account.

Officer Matthew Pappert was the latest police officer from the St Louis area in three days to be suspended for questionable conduct amid the Ferguson protests. "I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community," wrote Pappert in one of at least five posts that went up since Sunday. "These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."

In a reference to the Boston Marathon bombing, he also wrote: "Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them."

 
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