This is a chilling story. From Mother Jones:
On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin capitol building—something that didn't end up happening—one Twitter user sent out a chilling public response: "Use live ammunition."
From my own Twitter account, I confronted the user, JCCentCom. He tweeted back that the demonstrators were "political enemies" and "thugs" who were "physically threatening legally elected officials." In response to such behavior, he said, "You're damned right I advocate deadly force." He later called me a "typical leftist," adding, "liberals hate police."
Only later did we realize that JCCentCom was a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana.
A deputy AG for the state of Indiana suggesting that riot police use live ammo on Wisconsin protestors.
Copies of Jeffrey Cox's tweets and blog posts are available at the link. They are disturbing, especially coming from a guy who is a public official.
Update: The Indiana attorney general's office has confirmed to Mother Jones that Jeff Cox was terminated Wednesday.
Protestors in the US haven't been fired on since May 4, 1970. It's chilling to think that we could be headed into that sort of action again.
This man wanted to kill people who believe in organized labor. I'm speechless.
cross-posted at MainSt/workingamerica.org