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St Louis Rams players show of support for murdered, unarmed Mike Brown outrages Police Association Manager Jeff Roorda

*St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) Business Manager Jeff Roorda was evidently outraged Sunday when St,. Louis Rams’ players, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt,  entered the football arena with their” hands up-don’t shoot” display. Roorda has called for the Rams organization to discipline the five players and for the NFL to make a public apology.

As a honorably retired, twenty year veteran sergeant of the Los Angeles Police Department, I understand that police officers are held to a higher standard and like professional athletes, when in uniform, are expected to display “professionalism” at all times. However, SLPOA  Roorda  was not similarly outraged when Ferguson Police officers and other officers wore “I Am Darren Wilson” wrist bands shortly after the murder of Mike Brown. Why the hypocrisy?

Maybe it would be helpful if you knew who Jeff Roorda is.   According to court records, in 1997 Roorda was reprimanded for attempting “…to try to ‘cover’ for another police officer by filing a report that contained false statements as to what happened during a suspect’s apprehension and arrest. As a result of this false report, all charges against the defendant involved were dropped.”  According to court documents,  Roorda was warned that, “If it is ever determined again that you have lied in a police report, you will receive a more severe punishment, up to and including termination.”

Well, In 2001,  Jeff Roorda who was fired by the Arnold, Missouri Police Department for just that;  “giving false statements”.  Anytime a police officer is found guilty of giving false and misleading statements during an administrative hearing which is then followed by that officer’s termination ; said officer has lost all credibility.  This would be true of fired  Police Officer Jeff Roorda. So please sir, stop with the outrage.

There was no such indignation or outrage as uniformed police officers paraded around the streets of Missouri wearing wrist bands which read, “I Am Darren Wilson.”  There was no offense taken by the SLPOA. Rather, those officers’ actions were seemingly sanctioned and condoned by Ferguson command staff until brought to the attention of the US Justice Department, Division of Civil Rights.  So then why now Mr. Roorda are you so bothered?

Is it because your good friend Darren Wilson resigned this weekend?  I’m sure your Darren Wilson  major fundraiser  and a good word will land Wilson a job as a police officer  in a neighboring community.  Errant police officers who resign like Wilson or those fired as in the case of Mr. Roorda; live to offend again.  You see Darren Wilson arrived at Feguson PD after having been fired by the Jennings Police Department. Mr. Roorda after having been fired by a police department in Arnold Missouri went on to become the Police Chief in Kimmswick in Jefferson County and now heads the police officers association in St. Louis.

So Mr. Roorda, please, save me your righteous indignation, your  outrage and disgust because Mr. Roorda, I find your statements tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.  #BackLivesMatter.

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Cheryl Dorsey

Cheryl Dorsey is a retired LAPD sergeant, speaker, and much sought after police expert on important issues making national headlines; as such she has appeared as a guest expert on the Dr. Phil Show. She writes and provides commentary on police culture and surviving police encounters. She is the author of The Creation of a Manifesto, Black & Blue; an autobiography that pulls the covers of the LAPD and provides an unfiltered look into the department’s internal processes. Visit Cheryl’s website, listen to her on Soundcloud  follow on Twitter @retLAPDsgt  

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