[Rushtalk] Navy Veteran Points Out Unnerving Government Presence Not Far From Ferguson — and Now He’s Looking for Another Job

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Fri Dec 19 12:32:57 MST 2014

It's getting harder and harder to tell if this is 2014 U.S. or 1938


Navy Veteran Points Out Unnerving Government Presence Not Far From
Ferguson — and Now He’s Looking for Another Job

Nov. 16, 2014 6:51pm  Jon Street 

Mark Paffrath was leaving work from the Drury Plaza Hotel in
Chesterfield, Missouri, Thursday when he noticed something unnerving —
about 100 Department of Homeland Security vehicles in the parking
garage, Argus News Now reported.

Paffrath snapped a couple of photos and took a short video that he
uploaded to his Facebook page:

“Why are all the cop cars here…I wonder if it has anything to do with
Ferguson,” his Facebook status read. Paffrath also included #Ferguson
#NoJusticeNoPeace, News Now added.

Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield is about 25 miles southwest of
Ferguson where protests erupted since Darren Wilson, a white police
officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old in August. A
grand jury is expected to announce its decision any day on whether
Wilson will be indicted — and many are concerned about more unrest
should the decision be no.

Shortly after arriving to work on Friday, Paffrath told News Now he was
called into the office of hotel general manager Jeff Barker and told to
remove the photos and video. Paffrath did — and then finished his shift.

But just 30 minutes after Paffrath arrived to work Saturday, Jim
Bohnert, director of security for Drury Hotels Company, told Paffrath he
had been fired, News Now reported. His Facebook posts apparently cost
the hotel chain a $150,000 contract with the Department of Homeland
Security, the outlet added.

As if that wasn’t enough, Paffrath also claimed Bohnert told
him, ”[Y]ou’re a terrorist and you have dishonorably served your country
by posting the photos and video.”

When Paffrath told Bohnert he never put the location of the vehicles on
the photos or the video, Bohnert reportedly said “all they have to do is
click on your name and see where you work.” Paffrath said Bohnert
concluded their conversation by saying “if you repost the photos and
video you will have the federal government knocking on your door and you
will be incarcerated.”

But it appears Paffrath didn’t take Bohnert’s advice. His Facebook
timeline shows that on Saturday he reposted at least the two photos. 

Paffrath, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Middle East before
coming home to the St. Louis area, didn’t seem too fazed by all that had
happened. He had this to say on his Facebook page Saturday: 


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