An Illinois businessman tired of endless talk about the anniversary of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, hit back in a way that’s got people talking more than ever.
It was a sign that was brutal in its simplicity.
Phil Schmidt, the businessman and owner of Schmidt’s Welding and Machine Shop in Farmer City, Illinois, told The News-Gazette of Champaign that he posted the sign out of disgust with behavior of “peaceful protesters” marking the anniversary in Ferguson.
And with Brown’s behavior before he was shot to death in a confrontation with a cop.
“It is what it is — all these people in Ferguson going crazy over a guy that broke the law three times that day, tried to kill a cop, tried to get his gun, it’s crazy,” Schmidt said in an interview with the News-Gazette last week.
“What they’re doing to cops makes me sick.”
The sign was up only two days – Schmidt pulled it down on Wednesday – but it still got plenty of attention.
Farmer City Mayor Mike Jenkins told the News-Gazette the sign would hurt the city.
“That is absolutely sad,” he said. “When you do something like that, unfortunately it paints a picture of our entire community.”
But Schmidt had no regrets.
He said the country has lost a “moral compass,” and the Ferguson riots proved it.
“I’m not going to dance around somebody because I might hurt somebody’s feelings,” he said. “Everybody knows the way I feel about these things.”