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Missouri Cops Suspended Over Racial Outbursts
Two Missouri police officers who were involved in crowd control following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager have been suspended after it emerged they made racially charged outbursts.
Internal investigations have been launched after one officer boasted of being a Jesus-loving "killer", while another compared protesters to a "rabid dog".
The disciplinary action came as a third consecutive night of restrained demonstrations took place in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson over the August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown.
Authorities remain braced for a possible flare-up of disturbances as the 18-year-old's funeral looms on Monday.
Officer Dan Page of the St Louis County Police Department was removed from active duty on Friday after a YouTube video, apparently filmed in 2012, surfaced.
In the clip, Page is seen addressing a St Louis chapter of the Oath Keepers, a conservative group, saying: "I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord saviour, but I'm also a killer.
"I've killed a lot, and if I need to I'll kill a whole bunch more. If you don't want to get killed, don't show up in front of me."
The 35-year police veteran and former serviceman adds: "I'm into diversity. I kill everybody, I don't care."
He also made disparaging remarks about Muslims and called President Barack Obama "an illegal alien".
The police department was made aware of the clip by a CNN anchor who was shoved by Page during a live report from Ferguson.
The outburst was condemned by St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who has been scrambling to repair community relations amid claims from African-Americans that local law enforcement is racist.
Chief Belmar said he was "deeply disturbed" by the comments, which he termed "so bizarre".
Also on Friday, a police department in another St Louis suburb, Glendale, said an officer had been suspended after he posted Facebook rants aimed at Ferguson protesters.
Michael Pappert wrote: "I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community."
He also wrote: "These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."
In an apparent reference to the Boston marathon bombing, he wrote: "Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them."
Pappert was one of hundreds of St Louis area police officers called into Ferguson as crowd-control reinforcements, according to press photographers.
Glendale Police Department said Pappert's posts "absolutely" did not represent the views of the rank-and-file or the city government.