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USA: 'Oathkeepers' turn up to Ferguson protest armed with assault rifles01:19

USA: 'Oathkeepers' turn up to Ferguson protest armed with assault rifles

United States, Ferguson
August 11, 2015 at 05:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Up to four members of the 'Oathkeepers' group arrived in Ferguson, Tuesday, armed with assault rifles. They mingled with protesters who had gathered for a ‘day of civil disobedience,’ one day after the first anniversary of the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. Oathkeeper Sam Andrews took the opportunity to assert his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying "if we put Donald Trump in charge he'd get rid of these clowns who violate our rights."

Members of the group wore military fatigues and sported AR-15 assault rifles as police looked on. It was unclear why the group had turned up at the protest, though reports suggested they were there to protect 'InfoWars' reporters.

Oathkeepers were also present during the initial round of protests in Ferguson last summer, in the months directly following the death of Brown. Then they claimed to be volunteering to protect local businesses, though they left the area after police threatened to arrest them.

Oathkeepers members are mainly former and current law enforcement and US military officers. The group vows to wholly abide by the constitution of the United States of America.

USA: 'Oathkeepers' turn up to Ferguson protest armed with assault rifles01:19
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Up to four members of the 'Oathkeepers' group arrived in Ferguson, Tuesday, armed with assault rifles. They mingled with protesters who had gathered for a ‘day of civil disobedience,’ one day after the first anniversary of the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. Oathkeeper Sam Andrews took the opportunity to assert his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying "if we put Donald Trump in charge he'd get rid of these clowns who violate our rights."

Members of the group wore military fatigues and sported AR-15 assault rifles as police looked on. It was unclear why the group had turned up at the protest, though reports suggested they were there to protect 'InfoWars' reporters.

Oathkeepers were also present during the initial round of protests in Ferguson last summer, in the months directly following the death of Brown. Then they claimed to be volunteering to protect local businesses, though they left the area after police threatened to arrest them.

Oathkeepers members are mainly former and current law enforcement and US military officers. The group vows to wholly abide by the constitution of the United States of America.

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