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Undercover Cop Pulls Gun on Garner Protesters After Being Outed

An undercover police officer was photographed pointing his gun at Garner/Ferguson protesters Wednesday evening in Oakland, Calif., as he and his partner faced off with demonstrators.

Reuters photographer Noah Berger captured the stunning moment:

Another photograph shows the unidentified officer pointing his weapon directly at Berger:

According to KTVU, here’s how the situation unfolded:

Two officers, both dressed as civilians and wearing bandanas over their faces, were walking with the group when the demonstrators started pointing at them yelling, “Hey, they’re undercover, they’re cops!”

[…] One Berkeley resident, Dylan, who declined to give his last name, said he pulled off the officer’s bandana.

The two policemen started to walk away, but the protesters persisted, screaming at the two undercover cops. One of the officers pushed a protester aside. The man responded by pushing back and then the officer tackled him to the ground, handcuffing him.

The crowd, incensed, began to gather around them. The second officer pulled out his gun and pointed it at the crowd. More officers quickly arrived and dispersed the crowd.

Another reporter spoke to witnesses who suggested the two undercover officers were attempting to stir the crowd up and get them to commit crimes. In a series of tweets, Oakland police Lt. Chris Bolton clarified that those armed men were from an “outside” agency and that he would investigate claims about their incitement of violence:

[All images via Noah Berger/Reuters]

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