Cop in Ferguson Aims Gun at Photographer: “I Will Fucking Kill You”

Just hours before President Barack Obama [__condemned an Islamic terrorist group__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/story?id=25052699) for beheading an American photojournalist in a video posted online, a cop in Ferguson, Missouri pointed a loaded gun at a live streaming photojournalist, telling him, “I will fucking kill you” – only the latest in a string of attacks against the media in the anti-police abuse protest going on [__its second week now.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/08/18/ferguson/)

The incident was caught on at least two videos and quickly went viral considering tens of thousands of Americans have been watching the drama unfold through live stream videos on their computers.

When the videographer demanded the officer’s name, he was told to “go fuck yourself.”

The videographer, Caleb Michael-Files, later identified the cop as Ray Albers of the St. Ann Police Department, based in another municipality of St. Louis County.

The incident took place late Tuesday night, the tenth night of the protests that erupted a day after a [__Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/08/10/missouri-cop-kills-unarmed-man-holding-arms-air-sparking-angry-residents-take-streets/) 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Several reporters had been saying that the number of protesters had gone down from previous nights, but an incident like this could easily pick up the momentum again, just as the Anthony “Tony Baloney” Bologna incident did for the Occupy Wall Street protests after the NYPD cop was [__caught on camera__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/anthony-bologna-nypd-cop-pepper-spray-occupy-wall-street-lawsuit_n_1739036.html) pepper spraying a group of non-combative protesters. 

Prior to that incident, the Occupy Wall Street protest was mostly being ignored or ridiculed by the mainstream media. After the videos went viral, Occupy encampments popped up in cities through the United States as well as in Europe, a movement that lasted several months.

Jake Crawford of We Copwatch, also a PINAC contributor, launched a [__Go Fund Me campaign__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Copwatching-in-Ferguson) to supply the residents of Ferguson with some cameras to document the abuse they say has been taking place for years before the Brown shooting.

As of this time, he has raised $1,300 of his $2,000 goal.

**UPDATE:** The ACLU of Missouri, which had [__fired off a letter__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/1) demanding his removal, reports that Albers has been [__“removed from duty,”__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/502181704493432833) which generally is cop talk for he will still receive paychecks while remaining at home.

Just hours before President Barack Obama [__condemned an Islamic terrorist group__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/story?id=25052699) for beheading an American photojournalist in a video posted online, a cop in Ferguson, Missouri pointed a loaded gun at a live streaming photojournalist, telling him, “I will fucking kill you” – only the latest in a string of attacks against the media in the anti-police abuse protest going on [__its second week now.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/08/18/ferguson/)

The incident was caught on at least two videos and quickly went viral considering tens of thousands of Americans have been watching the drama unfold through live stream videos on their computers.

When the videographer demanded the officer’s name, he was told to “go fuck yourself.”

The videographer, Caleb Michael-Files, later identified the cop as Ray Albers of the St. Ann Police Department, based in another municipality of St. Louis County.

The incident took place late Tuesday night, the tenth night of the protests that erupted a day after a [__Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/08/10/missouri-cop-kills-unarmed-man-holding-arms-air-sparking-angry-residents-take-streets/) 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Several reporters had been saying that the number of protesters had gone down from previous nights, but an incident like this could easily pick up the momentum again, just as the Anthony “Tony Baloney” Bologna incident did for the Occupy Wall Street protests after the NYPD cop was [__caught on camera__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/anthony-bologna-nypd-cop-pepper-spray-occupy-wall-street-lawsuit_n_1739036.html) pepper spraying a group of non-combative protesters. 

Prior to that incident, the Occupy Wall Street protest was mostly being ignored or ridiculed by the mainstream media. After the videos went viral, Occupy encampments popped up in cities through the United States as well as in Europe, a movement that lasted several months.

Jake Crawford of We Copwatch, also a PINAC contributor, launched a [__Go Fund Me campaign__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Copwatching-in-Ferguson) to supply the residents of Ferguson with some cameras to document the abuse they say has been taking place for years before the Brown shooting.

As of this time, he has raised $1,300 of his $2,000 goal.

**UPDATE:** The ACLU of Missouri, which had [__fired off a letter__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/1) demanding his removal, reports that Albers has been [__“removed from duty,”__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/502181704493432833) which generally is cop talk for he will still receive paychecks while remaining at home.

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Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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