ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch was known for being blunt and outspoken while in uniform and he continued with that trend when he sat down with FOX 2's Mandy Murphey to talk about police and the unrest surrounding Ferguson.
Fitch says police officers want clear cut guidelines on what the rules are for doing their jobs, not political answers but law enforcement answers what officers are and are not allowed to do. Fitch spoke on the behalf of all officers in his job as head of the Missouri Peace Officers Association. He says politics has played a big role in how police have responded to the protesters. He expects police to respond the way you saw last time in August because there are no other options. He said police were heavily criticized for using tear gas but it is the only way law enforcement has to disperse large crowds without causing injury. Fitch says officers have no problems with peaceful protesting but criminal protesters cross the line when they threaten police and their families.