Counter-Protesters Rally For Ferguson Cop: ‘He Was Doing His Job’

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A counterprotest sprung up in St. Louis on Sunday to express support for the white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot a black unarmed teen, adding a new wrinkle to the ongoing turmoil of the last week.

Jon Swaine, a reporter for The Guardian who is on the ground in Missouri, reported that the protesters congregated outside the headquarters of KSDK, a St. Louis TV station on Sunday afternoon.

There were about 125 protesters, according to Swaine, and one of them was black. The officer they were supporting, Darren Wilson, allegedly shot 18-year-old Michael Brown six times on Aug. 9. The shooting has prompted the clashes between police and protesters over the last week, forcing Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to call in the National Guard Monday morning.

“He was doing his job,” a protester told The Guardian.

The pro-Wilson protest lasted about two hours, according to reporters at the scene.

Image via Jon Swaine on Twitter.

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