St. Louis Police Officers Association
Union chief says “Ferguson effect” has increased pressure both on and off the streets.
A charity concert in memory of Michael Brown at the Pagent next week has the police union worried about civil unrest around the theatre in the Delmar Loop area.
The new board will have oversight in St. Louis city only and will have no say in nearby Ferguson.
Plan no longer includes giving the panel the power to force officers to testify
Protestors say one woman was shoved by the Business Manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
Roorda says officers want better bullet-proof vests capable of stopping higher-caliber bullets.
“Remember the hypocrisy here. The NFL and the Rams were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department every day last week, wanting assurances that their players and their fans would be protected from the violent elements in these protests,” Roorda said.
Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the AP “mistook what I said.”
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.
The two fundraising campaigns set up to collect money for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson have stopped accepting donations.