Jeff Roorda

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Be A Cop For A Day

What’s it like to be a police officer for a day?

10/21/2014

Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on October, 11 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, 18, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the suburban town of Ferguson near St. Louis.  Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images

Officer Who Called Protestor’s Boss Fully Backed By Union

A police officer has the same right to free speech as any protestor – that’s the defense voiced by the police union for an officer who called a protestor’s boss.

10/17/2014

A photo of Vonderrit Myers circulating social media allegedly shows him with a 9mm Smith & Wesson, with a  with a black base and silver slide, found at the scene of his fatal shooting.

St. Louis Police Union Reacts to Latest Shaw Shooting Evidence

“It would have been an incredible conspiracy for the officer to pull off, as it’s been alleged, throwing down or planting a gun that just happened to match the very distinctive gun that was portrayed on social media.”

10/15/2014

Friends and relatives gathered in a cold drizzle outside the Shaw Market where 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers was last night before he was shot and killed by a police officer on Oct. 8, 2014. (Kevin Killeen/KMOX)

Mark Reardon: Reardon Roundtable Friday

It’s a Reardon Roundtable Friday with Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Joe Holleman, and Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. Topics include the Shaw shooting and the crowd reaction, the Weekend of Resistance going in Ferguson, Rick Stream, and Ebola fears.

10/10/2014

Protesters display signs during a rally in support of Officer Darren Wilson on August 23, 2014,  in St. Louis, Missouri. Wilson is the Ferguson Police Officer involved in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 9. Black and white Americans have sharply divided opinions over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer and the consequent protests, a poll showed Friday. A majority of blacks, or 57 percent, think that Brown's shooting was "not justified," the New York Times/CBS News poll found, a view shared by only 18 percent of white respondents. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas        (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

Fundraising Campaigns for Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Halt Donations

The two fundraising campaigns set up to collect money for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson have stopped accepting donations.

09/02/2014

Photo: Getty/Chris Hondros file

Police Unions Want Workers’ Comp Benefits for Officers with PTSD

Some police chiefs and municipal leaders nationwide want to require police officers and firefighters to have an accompanying physical injury.

05/21/2014

Missouri State Capitol (Jefferson City, Missouri) Photo: Getty Images,  Jordan McAlister

Missouri Unemployment Reform Act Sent to Governor

Acting up on the job could land Missourians without unemployment benefits, under a measure sent to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk on April 29.

04/30/2014

Cartoon on Coptalk depicting Chief Sam Dotson as a slug farmer

St. Louis Police Chief Apologizes for “Slugs” Comment

The St. Louis Police Union called the Chief to complain, and the Chief issued an apology to his officers.

04/28/2014

Photo: Getty/Joe Raedle

Mo. Legislators Reconsider Food Stamps for Drug Felons

For nearly 20 years, drug felons have been barred from getting food stamps. Now, a bi-partisan bill in the Missouri legislature would return those benefits.

03/31/2014

(Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)

Mo. State Flag Under Fire

It has grizzly bears, a crescent moon and a bald eagle. It’s the Missouri state flag, and one lawmaker thinks it might be time for a change.

02/27/2014

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