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Former St. Louis Police Officer Says ‘Disillusionment’ Prompted Switch to NAACP Career

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Police speak to a protester as they try to control the crowd on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Police speak to a protester as they try to control the crowd on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A former St. Louis city police officer is now a field organizer for the NAACP, based out of north St. Louis County.

Redditt Hudson says he was disillusioned with the criminal justice process and the way race impacts it.

“I was particularly disillusioned with some of the things I saw my fellow officers doing,” he says.

Hudson tells KMOX he was extremely disappointed to see what happened with the officer shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, but not shocked.

“I know that most law enforcement professionals are good people trying to do a difficult job, but the reality in America is that we have police officers who will violate your human rights, civil rights and civil liberties, and it happens every day somewhere in this country,” he says.

Hudson says the goal now is to work to make changes in the system to prevent law enforcement from over-stepping its bounds.

“We have to come to grips with it, and we have to put something in place that offers a meaningful, serious response to officers who do that,” he says.

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