On Monday, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat serving in the Missouri state Senate, claimed that police in St. Louis, Missouri, are engaged in a “genocidal effort.” The tweet prompted a great deal of mockery on Twitter.
“There is a genocidal effort underway in St. Louis,” she said on Twitter. “Please pray for peace and our safety. We are hearing reports of police hunting.” In another tweet she warned that officers were wearing riot gear.
“You mean police are being hunted?” one person asked. Another person called Chappelle-Nadal a “very ignorant person” who “needs to go crawl in a hole somewhere.” Another person noted that her Twitter feed uses an image of Communist dictator Fidel Castro.
“Yeah, those paid professional protesters are walking people of Ferguson right into the line of fire!” another person exclaimed. “DO NOT PARTICIPATE.”
Another critic said the message could be a sign that Nadal is either “insane, dangerously misleading or talking about Planned Parenthood.” A supporter weighed in, saying Chappelle-Nadal “speaks the truth so I listen to what she says.”
Others had a difficult time interpreting her message, including the Twitchy staff, who asked: “Is she saying police are hunting citizens?” She never explained her tweet, nor did she offer any proof of “genocide” or officers in the act of hunting human beings.
It’s not the first time Chappelle-Nadal has issued controversial statements on Twitter. In January, for example, she issued what many took to be a racist threat against white people on the social media site.
“When you exercise your #WhitePrivilege, don’t think I’m not going to remember,” she said. “I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable?” A number of people were angered by the tweet, and one person remarked: “You just burnt your future.” Last November, she referred to the riots in and around Ferguson as “our race war.”
Last month, she upped the ante when she posted a bounty against union critics on Facebook. In one tweet, she offered $1,000 for information regarding a union member, including the name of his employer. Some of the photos she posted showed family members, including children, a local Fox News affiliate said.
Her controversial opinions are not limited to Twitter. While speaking with NewsOne Now’s guest host Jeff Johnson and the Straight Talk Panel on Monday, Chappelle-Nadal claimed blacks are still being “oppressed” in what amounts to a “cover-up.”
“Legislatively, not much has changed” since Brown’s death, she said. “We are still being oppressed every single day and there are people who are in the rank-and-file who think that having court reform is the simple answer for the hurt and the pain and frustration that the people experience every single day — it’s a cover-up.” In its report on Chappelle-Nadal’s remarks, the Atlanta Daily World called Brown’s death “murder,” even though Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, was not found guilty of any crime.
The 40-year-old Democrat was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 and won re-election in 2014. Her district includes Ferguson, the city where Michael Brown was killed a year ago.