Really? Is this what professional police, dedicated to public service, protecting the weak and upholding our Constitution do?
The Los Angeles Times reported today that federal officials had intervened yesterday to stop police in Ferguson, Mo., from wearing these bracelets in solidarity with the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old there last month.
Sure, I understand the support fellow officers may have for Officer Wilson, but how they personally feel should not be the public face they present. Whether Officer Wilson was right or wrong is beside this. What is at stake here more eroding of the public’s trust and a blatant display of a lack of compassion for the Brown family.
So… the sad saga in Ferguson continues.
He did so only after Justice Department officials brought the issue to his attention after they were alerted by residents during community meetings earlier in the week. Citizens complained they had seen officers wearing the bracelets on patrol.
The Justice Department correctly stated: “These bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists,” They also urged Chief Jackson to ensure that his officers wear their name tags in accordance with department policy. There were reports that officers were not wearing their name tags or had them covered with black tape. Another bad message to the community.
Excellence in policing will never be accomplished by supervision — it can only be accomplished by developing the internal integrity that allows an officer’s personal feelings about a person or issue be trumped by the rule of law and doing the right thing at the right time.
To see the DOJ letter CLICK HERE.
To read the full LA Times article CLICK HERE.