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Katie Hopkins Calls For Officer Darren Wilson To Receive A Medal For Killing Michael Brown

26/11/2014 14:04 GMT | Updated 27/11/2014 10:59 GMT

Professional provocateur Katie Hopkins has weighed in on a racially-charged case that has seen parts of the USA erupt in violence.

Protests, marches and riots ignited on Monday after a grand jury announced it would not charge a police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager.

Michael Brown, 18, was killed by officer Darren Wilson in August in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Michael Brown was shot dead by officer Darren Wilson

Wilson denied witness accounts that stated Brown turned towards him and put his hands up, and claimed he had feared for his life during the encounter.

Brown had earlier been caught on CCTV allegedly stealing a packet of cigars from a convenience store.

On Tuesday, Hopkins tweeted: “Brown was not shot for being black. Brown was shot for being a thief and a thug. Give the officer a medal. Justice with knobs on.”

Hopkins was instantly met with a hail of comments branding her a “troubled lady” and accusations that she is now “trying too hard”, though at least two of her 263,000 followers saw fit to agree with her.

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Katie Hopkins believes officer Darren Wilson should receive a medal for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown

Despite the fact the thousands who continue to protest over Brown's death would no doubt take exception to her comments, the remarks were perhaps predictable, given her recent outbursts.

She backed controversial American pick-up artist Julien Blanc’s plan to tour in the UK (which was stymied by the Home Office earlier this month), and supported the "comedy" of now defunct character Dapper Laughs.

Hopkins also attacked Jessica Ennis-Hill for having an opinion in the row over convicted rapist Ched Evans and hinted Sheffield United patron Charlie Webster was "jealous" and would like to be raped by the footballer.

And the former Apprentice star faced calls for a police investigation after she accused Muslim men of being wife-beaters and calling Palestinians “filthy rodents”.

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