Group Turns Ferguson Protests Into Gun Debate
Heavily-armed members of the controversial right-wing “patriot” group the Oath Keepers added an extra does of unrest to protests in Ferguson, Missouri early Tuesday.
The organization said its members, all former military, police and first responders, pledged to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” according to NBC News.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar viewed the group’s presence differently. In fact, the chief referred to the Oath Keepers being at the protests as “unnecessary and inflammatory.”
Both protesters and law enforcement officials confirmed that a small amount of Oath Keepers with assault rifles, bulletproof vest and camouflage gear were seen early Tuesday on the streets of Ferguson. The city was placed under a state of emergency following demonstrations in memory of Michael Brown.