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Gulf Shores Police Chief Calls Out Missouri Highway Patrol Captain In An Open Letter

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In what is called an unprecedented and unnecessary move, Gulf Shore Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote an open letter to Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson criticizing his actions as head of security in Ferguson.

Here’s an excerpt of the letter, which was posted on LawOfficer.com:

Captain Johnson, your words during the day on Friday helped to fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface. St. Louis County Police were told to remain uninvolved and that night the rioting and looting began again. For much too long it went on mostly unchecked. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted that your “hug-a-looter” policy had failed.

Boy did it.

And your words contributed to what happened Friday night and on into the wee hours of Saturday. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, you said the following regarding the release of the video:“There was no need to release it,” Johnson said calling the reported theft and the killing entirely different events.

Well Captain, this veteran police officer feels the need to respond. What you said is, in common police vernacular—bullshit. The fact that Brown knew he had just committed a robbery before he was stopped by Officer Wilson speaks to Brown’s mindset. And Captain, the mindset of a person being stopped by a police officer means everything, and you know it.

Read the entire letter at here. I gets much more harsh and includes some NSFW language.

 

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