An officer who pointed a semi-automatic assault rifle at a Ferguson, Missouri, protester and threatened to kill him -- a tense episode caught on video and posted online -- is off the job, at least for now.
The St Louis County Police Department announced Wednesday that a police officer from St Ann, Missouri, "has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely" over the incident.
The county police department laid out its version of the more recent incident, which happened shortly before midnight Tuesday. This account jibed with video later posted to YouTube.
In the video, an officer can be seen walking around with his assault rifle raised, then pointing it in the direction of protesters.
"I'm going to f--king kill you," he says. "Get back! Get back!"
The St Louis County Police described the protester involved in what it deemed "a verbal exchange" to be "peaceful." Another man in the crowd then says out loud, "Did you threaten to kill him?" The officer is asked for his name, to which he responds: "Go f--k yourself."
Protesters proceed to mock the officer before he's led away by another member of law enforcement.
Source: CNN, August 21