In case you thought the police in Ferguson and surrounds were actually serious about being sensitive to the residents of Ferguson, guess again. During renewed protests last night, this happened.
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson acknowledged the bracelets during a press conference on Wednesday. “I think that was not a statement of law enforcement. I think wearing that was an individual statement,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he would speak to the agencies of the officers who wore the bracelets, but did not specify which departments they were.
Hey, there's a reason police wear U-N-I-F-O-R-M-S. It is to identify them as a member of the police force and therefore entitled to certain respect and privileges that accompany the law enforcement job.
You don't get to make "individual statements" when you're on duty, and wearing those wristbands while policing protests in Ferguson wasn't a "statement" at all. It was a message to the entire community that they fully support a cop shooting the hell out of an unarmed black teenager while his hands were in the air.
Are we beginning to understand what's happening in these communities?
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