Police officers in and around Ferguson are reportedly preparing for riots and protests to follow the grand jury verdict in the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
On a “St. Louis Coptalk” forum, a supposed Ferguson-area officer posted a chilling warning about what he expects to happen in Ferguson, Vocativ reported.
“If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family,” he wrote. “It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.”
Vocativ has more information on the St. Louis Coptalk chatter:
Other posts on the forum echo that sentiment, going so far as to label the protesters and activists in Ferguson as “terrorists,” and calling out local businesses that have identified themselves as supporters of the protests there.
Some users discussed using water hoses to “protect” the cops against the protesters. One, under the name “Retiree,” wrote, “I say if the protesters want to use shields and like equipment then the officers should incorporate using the fire dept and there (sic) hoses… With the wind and temps what a great way to put a sudden stop to marches and protests.” An anonymous user who said he was a cop replied, “We can’t even hit our sticks on the ground.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of the grand jury decision. The order puts the St. Louis County Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of handling any future unrest.
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