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The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, recently notified a U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division official that Ferguson Police Department officers have been wearing “I AM DARREN WILSON” bracelets on duty – in full uniform; in support of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Ferguson police officers say, “I AM DARREN WILSON” however, what they mean to say is, “I WILL KILL YOU.”

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I find this troubling and problematic on a variety of fronts. According to media reports, in addition to the wristbands, the police officers are also covering their nameplate with black tape or in some cases not even wearing a nameplate. So, the questions that beg to be answered are: Where is (CHP) Captain Ron Johnson? Where is the Police Chief Thomas Jackson? and, Why did it take a Department of Justice intervention, on behalf of the Ferguson citizens, to cause the prohibition of the wrist bands worn by the officers.

Does Captain Ron think the Ferguson police officers view him differently somehow from the people they denigrate, disrespect and in some cases shoot and kill? and, Where is Captain Ron on this wristband issue?

In my opinion, the black CHP captain -- Ron Johnson -- was sent to Ferguson and propped up before a bank of news reporters and cameras for one reason; to placate the community. Ron Johnson is a captain without a ship (pun intended). Clearly, he has no real authority amongst the uniformed rank and file officers on the Ferguson police department; evidenced by the officers' continued and “in- your-face” disregard for residents of that community. Did Captain Ron forget he too is black when “they” summoned him to Ferguson to quell the natives? Does Captain Ron think the Ferguson police officers view him differently somehow from the people they denigrate, disrespect and in some cases shoot and kill? and, Where is Captain Ron on this wristband issue?

The Ferguson police department needs to be dismantled. Unfortunately, I am not certain that there is a suitable replacement to police that city, even on an interim basis. The media reports that not only are the Ferguson police officers wearing the wrist band but so are neighboring police department officers who are working the joint task force in Ferguson.

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The police chief, elected officials, and others in positions of authority in Ferguson coincidently did not notice the wrist bands and covered nameplates. Well, here in LAPD-land; if you didn’t know, you should have known. This entire agency lacks credibility and is morally bankrupt; devoid of empathy and compassion and by default should be extinguished.

The mere filing of criminal charges by the district attorney/grand jury is a stretch to begin with – yet this will do little to change the problems on the Ferguson police department which are cultural, systemic and top-down. In other words, the Police Chief sets the tone and in this department, Chief Jackson and his supervisors appear to be tacit partners in police misconduct.

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