Cops: Man Tried to Frame Blacks

A St. Louis man is accused of a bizarre plot to kill cops and provoke violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Speaking in federal court Thursday, FBI Special Agent Ankur Patel said David Michael Hagler, 53, “talked of gluing a gun to an African-American’s hand to get him shot by officers, and of shooting police to provoke violence at the Ferguson protests.” A police raid on Hagler’s house led to his arrest on multiple gun-related charges. FBI informants claimed a “significant deterioration” in Hagler’s “morality,” which coincided with the Ferguson protests and personal issues. On his plans to provoke violence, Hagler is quoted as saying, “If you really want to stir things up in Ferguson, all you had to do is shoot a couple of the cops while the protesters were out demonstrating.”