15 Dec 2014

St. Louis Police Officer Being Disciplined For The Most Ridiculous Politically Correct Reason

A police officer in St. Louis is being disciplined for wearing a “Wilson” nametag on his sleeve to show solidarity with Officer Darren Wilson.

A city police officer stationed at City Hall when protesters showed up Friday to protest police brutality drew the attention of demonstrators because the officer wore a “Wilson” name tag on his sleeve in a show of solidarity with former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.
Now that officer also has his department’s attention.
In an interview Friday, Chief Sam Dotson said the “officer clearly violated our policies and will be disciplined.”
“I couldn’t be more disappointed,” Dotson said. “We spend a lot of time working on professionalism and building a bridge in the community.”

The department’s policy on uniforms allows only department-approved pins, insignia and awards, a spokeswoman said. Officials did not name the officer, but another name tag, on the breast of his vest, read “Coats.”
Dotson said police officers have the same First Amendment rights as others when they are off duty, but that this “clearly violated our rules.” He said he thinks the officer will get “some days off for his actions.”

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, spoke out in support of the unnamed officer
“For months, the U.S. Department of Justice has been calling violent protests where officers were shot at and had Molotov cocktails thrown at them ‘constitutionally protected exercises of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,’” Roorda said.

“Now a police officer does nothing more than wear another officer’s name on his sleeve, an officer who has been exonerated of any wrongdoing, and is being told that his passive statement is constitutionally prohibited free speech. There is something wrong with this picture.”

Read More:http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/st-louis-police-say-they-ll-discipline-officer-who-wore/article_8272a776-8c0f-54e9-9e5d-984bf4db70f3.html 

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