St. Louis police officer to be disciplined for wearing “Wilson” badge

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A  police officer will be disciplined because he showed up at City Hall with a “Wilson” badge on his right arm, police spokesman Schron Jackson said. The badge apparently referred to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown. Jackson said the badge violated a department rule about prohibited insignia.

Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association fired back, saying, “The U.S. Department of Justice has consistently described demonstrations where police officers were shot at and police had Molotov cocktails thrown at them as constitutional, protected free speech, but police officers are apparently not allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to express their support for a fellow police officer exonerated of wrong doing.”

Photo by Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Photo by Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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