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 an honorably retired, 20-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" wristbands shortly after the murder of Mike Brown. Why the hypocrisy?
There was no such indignation or outrage as uniformed police officers paraded around the streets of Missouri wearing those "I Am Darren Wilson" wristbands.
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 those "I Am Darren Wilson" wristbands. 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 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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