It all makes so much more sense now.
Although it doesn't say so in its name, the St. Louis Police Officers Association, which has staunchly defended Darren Wilson, defamed Mike Brown, and recently called for the suspension of St. Louis Rams football players who showed solidarity with Ferguson, is actually the (White) St. Louis Police Officers Association. African-American officers in St. Louis have their own separate organization that advocates for their needs.
Called the St. Louis Black Police Officers Association until 1975, African-American officers continue to organize separately from their white counterparts in what they now call the St. Louis Ethical Society of Police.
In a strange twist of irony, the head of the African-American police union in St. Louis is a black man named Darren Wilson. In a recent letter he stated:
Our motto is “We are the conscious of the St. Louis Police Department.” We did not come to this motto lightly. We believe that someone has to be willing to stand up and hold our Police Department to the oaths of service that we all have taken.
In fact, our motto is almost like another type of oath. It is a promise—a promise to you that we will be working every day to be the conscious of the St. Louis Police Department.
Considering that the spokesperson for the (white) St. Louis Police Officers Association, Jeff Roorda, was fired as a police officer himself for misconduct and falsifying reports
, it makes sense that the black police union feels the need to make ethical policing its focus.
Below the fold is the summary of the history of black police union in St. Louis found on their website.
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