"AG Holder is in St. Louis Today. I should go in early and punch him in the nose for so many different reasons." - Tweet by Sgt. Mike Weston, Velda City Police
A Velda City Police sergeant assigned to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, couldn’t hold the hate inside.
Sergeant Mike Weston took to Twitter this week, complaining about “libs”, giving out false information, insulting Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson’s approach to community policing and threatening to seek out visiting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in order to “punch him in the nose.”
Asked by followers on Twitter why police had gassed a group of people who were in their own back yard, Sgt. Weston responded that gunshots had been fired from that location. The problem is, a Daily RFT reporter was in that back yard and caught the incident on video. No shots were fired; no one was armed and everyone had their hands up in protest. When presented with that information, Sgt. Weston admitted he was not even in the area when the gassing occurred.
"I wasn’t spreading misinformation." Sgt. Weston defended himself. "There were shots being fired some yards, maybe not this particular one."
Too bad police didn’t gas the “particular one” instead of the innocent people.
Sgt. Weston, who has since deleted his Twitter account, @officeranon2, also made a point of running down Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson. He called the Captain’s interactions with the protesters “Hug a Thug” and accused him of a double standard based on skin color, posting this tweet:
Sgt. Weston also took it upon himself to post photos of Mike Brown, the teenager shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson, participating in a strong arm robbery. Sgt. Weston tweeted:
"Happy to release this now. Here is the innocent Mike Brown moments before the shooting."
He then mocked Mike Brown’s death, tweeting:
"what I learned today was Mike Brown was shot 625 times in the back by the grand wizard in ferguson."
Sgt. Weston also shrugged off the gassing of the Al Jazeera news crew as collateral damage, and the fault of the journalists. But he outdid himself with his tweet about Attorney General’s visit to Ferguson. (Photo above with Capt. Johnson.) He tweeted he was considering assaulting Eric Holder:
I had the thought yesterday that we should change our relationship with police. If our elected officials gain their power through the consent of the governed, maybe we should use that model for police - they gain their power only through the consent of those policed. What we need is a mechanism that will enable that dynamic.
There has to be a workable way to get the Mike Westons off police forces everywhere. A referendum process? A public complaint forum? Some way for a community to force a judgement about an officer’s fitness by some group not affiliated with the police.
You can see more of Sgt. Weston’s tweets preserved by RFT here.
Mike Weston’s photo in uniform via LinkedIn, in civilian clothes via Twitter
this is why we keep saying it’s not about that one officer.