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‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristbands Banned From Ferguson Police Force

Officers on duty can no longer wear I am Darren Wilson wristbands

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Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, are now prohibited from wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands while on duty after officials decided the wristbands only promote the “us versus them” mentality that is plaguing African-American communities across the U.S.

The Department of Justice told police in St. Louis County on Friday that they should not be wearing the wristbands while on duty nor should they be removing their nametags as a form of support for Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown multiple times in August.

Supporters who are wearing the bands are pushing for Wilson not to face any charges for the killing of the unarmed Black teen.

A grand jury is still sifting through evidence to determine if Wilson should be charged with a criminal offense.

Meanwhile, the FBI has launched a separate civil rights investigation.

Christy Lopez, deputy chief of the special litigation section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, sent a letter to Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson on Friday explaining why it was so important that the wristbands not be worn by officers and that all officers keep their nametags on.

According to Lopez, it all comes back to being transparent while trying to work with the community instead of against it.

“These bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists,” Lopez wrote in the letter.

Lopez went on to explain that knowing the name of the officer a citizen is dealing with is an “obvious” right and the police need to respect that.

“Sometimes, things are just so obvious that we feel like we can recommend a change right away,” Lopez said. “In a democracy, people need to know who their police are.”

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According to posts on social media, officers from other departments who have been assisting with the unrest in Ferguson have also been taking off their nametags.

While officers claimed it was to protect themselves from threats and personalized insults, Lopez’s letter clearly explained that it is only an action that will continue to fuel mistrust in the communities that officers serve.

“Officers wearing name plates while in uniform is a basic component of transparency and accountability,” the letter said. “It is a near-universal requirement of sound policing practices and required under some state laws. Allowing officers to remain anonymous when they interact with the public contributes to mistrust and undermines accountability.”

The backlash has come more than a month after officers first started ditching their nametags.

Police officers stopped wearing their nametags during the protests back in August, which made it impossible for citizens to identify which officers were responsible for certain actions.

One officer without a nameplate was caught on camera threatening to shoot members of the press if they did not put their cameras away.

The decision to require officers to ditch the “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands and start wearing their nameplates again comes shortly after the Ferguson police chief issued a public apology to Brown’s family and the people of the Ferguson.

 

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5 thoughts on “‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristbands Banned From Ferguson Police Force

  1. Bwire Vincent says:

    While on duty? Does that mean that they should keep the wristbands in their pockets, and wear them the minute they get off work?

    Ferguson residents need to start thinking real hard about policing themselves; clearly, these pigs are in the wrong profession.

  2. Bwire Vincent wrong profession, wrong neighborhood. White cops must go. Even if you had no reading comp abilities, you would understand, messages like that on the bracelets, means I will murder you blacks like Darren Wilson, then the police chief allowed this. He comes out apologizing to the parents of Michael Brown, well …. his actions speaks louder than his words, he is a racist too. And the prosecutor I believe father was killed by a black. If Darren Wilson goes to trial, he is going to present so many made up lies, and twisted information, it must be nice to get revenge for his daddy murder, this is how they operate going back from the first time they encountered blacks, most blacks killed during the time they held us in slavery, had not done a thing, they were revengeful murders, if they could not find who did it, some body else would do, in large numbers. Nat Turner war, when it was all over, they killed way more blacks than whites Nat killed, because they claimed, blacks knew of the planning of the attacks on whites.

  3. Bwire Vincent says:

    Nzingha Shabaka Some White cops do their job, and some Black cops are even worse than these pigs. I think thorough screening during the hiring process, a demographic balance in the force and tougher punishment for rogue cops could be the best solution.

  4. Bwire Vincent The only thing we need to look at, who is doing the killing, I never see black cops killing blacks or whites, this is where we separate the murderers from the good cops, who has been doing the killing. Sure there are mean, black cops, they are not killing our people. I haven't seen it.

  5. Bwire Vincent says:

    Nzingha Shabaka True; at the end of the day, it's the Black man's fight.

    The system itself is overrun by a bunch of racist pigs, the same ones who stupidly believe that they can help restore democracy in other parts of the world.

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