Before he was “Officer Go Fuck Yourself,” he was Lt. Ray Albers, a 20-year veteran of the police force.
Albers was seen on a YouTube video brandishing his rifle at protestors and yelling “I will fucking kill you. Get back!” When Albers was asked his name, he replied “Go fuck yourself,” earning the appellation. St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez confirmed Albers’ identity and said the officer was “sick to his stomach” over the incident.
“It’s frustrating, because we told [our officers] before we went down there that there would be lots of people trying to antagonize to provoke them into saying something,” Jimenez told the Huffington Post. “Whether you’re a pedestrian or protesters, you have to be professional, and [Albers’] actions weren’t in any way, shape or form.”
Jimenez said Albers was correct to have raised his gun, as he had spotted one in the crowd, but was disappointed that Albers didn’t give his name.
“When he was asked the name, you need to be giving your name so they know who to contact,” Jimenez said. “So when he said, ‘Go F yourself,’ that was uncalled for too.”
Albers was removed from Ferguson duties following pressure from the ACLU; he is set to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
[h/t Huffington Post]
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