Epic Fail Sports

Violent Thug Police Officers Association Decries the St. Louis Rams and Violent Thugs

Players from the St. Louis Rams football team entered the game yesterday with their hands up to show solidarity with protesters.

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The St. Louis Police Officers Association saw this and completely lost their minds.

What follows is one of the most insensitive, asinine, irresponsible and ill-advised statements an organization has ever issued in the history of official statements.

“The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. [SLPOA Business Manager] Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.

If your immediate reaction to this was something along the lines of “what the fuck?” — you and I have something in common.

At several points in the SLPOA statement, Jeff Roorda, the group’s business manager, made a point that evidence and testimony presented to the grand jury proves that Michael Brown was not innocent and that Darren Wilson did nothing wrong. But it doesn’t prove that. A grand jury is not a trial jury and their decision not to indict Darren Wilson does not mean he isn’t guilty. Furthermore, to accept the grand jury’s decision as legitimate and to say that the case is closed would require that you believe every word of Wilson’s childish comic book testimony in which he refereed to Brown as a “demon” who Hulked out to charge through the officer’s bullets.

It’s clear as day that District Attorney (and prosecutor) Robert McCulloch did everything in his power to avoid an indictment, first by calling a grand jury to begin with and secondly by systematically discrediting evidence against Darren Wilson in front of the grand jury. A prosecutor did this. A prosecutor did everything in his power to ensure that the perp would walk away.

I was going to say that McCulloch is a confirmed incompetent, but that depends on your perspective. If his goal was not to return an indictment, he did a fine job. But I digress.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association is demanding an apology from the five Rams players who dared to show solidarity with everyone who believes the district attorney, the Ferguson police department, and the SLPOA are corrupt institutions with conflicts of interest that do not serve or protect; those who believe the local police force are the real “violent thugs.”

As Deadspin points out, SLPOA Business Manage Jeff Roorda is a former officer who was fired for repeatedly falsifying police reports.

The NFL has officially declined to punish the players.

  • Badgerite

    What it means is that the evidence, certainly the forensic evidence, absolutely supports Daren Wilson’s account of events. And that, frankly, is the ball game.
    The trail of bullet casings (10 in all) that are in a direct line behind where Michael Brown fell when fatally shot, could not be behind his body any other way than that Michael Brown was charging at Daren Wilson and Wilson, while firing, was back pedaling to put as much distance between him and Brown as possible. Whats more there where only 12 bullet casings in all at the scene. 2 at the SUV ( 2 shots fire from inside the vehicle) and 10 while Daren Wilson was moving backwards. There are not enough shots to account for any shots fired at them while they were fleeing. Michael Brown stopped and turned because he was not going to be able to outrun Wilson. He turned and charged at him. He was unarmed. But he had tried to take his gun from him at the SUV ( please explain to me how his thumb got shot any other way and why Daren Wilson’s DNA was not on Brown’s shirt while Brown’s DNA was on Daren Wilson’s gun) and if he had gotten his gun no one can really say with any certainly that he would not have used it on Wilson.
    The NFL players can do or say what they want. Free country. The Grand Jury was not ‘misled’ by anyone. I’m sure they could judge what Daren Wilson had to say about his encounter as well as you can. “Gilding the lily”, as Josh Marshall puts it,, is hardly a sign of guilt or of lying. And the forensic evidence bears this out. And forensic evidence has not bias. The scene of the shooting was not tampered with. There was a crowd there instantly.

    • Christopher Foxx

      absolutely supports Daren Wilson’s account of events

      So Brown was a demon who got stronger the angrier he got? Absolutely?

      The trail of bullet casings (10 in all) that are in a direct line behind where Michael Brown fell when fatally shot, could not be behind his body any other way than that Michael Brown was charging at Daren Wilson and Wilson, while firing, was back pedaling

      So, if I follow that, Brown managed to get close enough to Wilson that he was still moving toward Wilson after Wilson fired his last shot? In fact, managed to get past where Wilson was standing when he fired that last shot? Otherwise, how could the casing from that last shot be behind Brown?

      no one can really say with any certainly that he would not have used it on Wilson.

      No with any certainty that he would have. And we don’t punish folks for what they might have done.

      The Grand Jury was not ‘misled’ by anyone.

      It was certainly misused. And mislead about how Grand Juries are supposed to operate.

      “Gilding the lily”, as Josh Marshall puts it,, is hardly a sign of guilt or of lying.

      Well it certainly isn’t a sign of someone who’s telling the truth and only the truth. Since when as a truthful, factual account needed gilding?

    • Lady Willpower

      I think you’re confusing the terms “consistent with” with “proves conclusively, to the exclusion of all other possibilities.”

      Yes, Darren Wilson’s testimony was consistent with the forensic evidence. That doesn’t mean this is what happened, it just means the story he told was corroborated by evidence. The well-rehearsed, rote story that he recited matched up close enough to the evidence. That doesn’t mean it absolutely went down that way, just that the evidence didn’t necessarily refute anything he said. The evidence showed that his testimony was possible, not that this was definitely what happened.

      I could just as easily construct a dozen different stories that wouldn’t be contradicted by that forensic evidence, and I bet you could, too. Clearly not all of these dozen stories would be true.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Roorda was later terminated for lying about interactions with other police officers after accusing them of threatening and abusing him. Roorda’s charges were disproved by audio tapes of the conversations provided to investigators by Roorda himself.

    Yeah, not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    Go ahead Roorda, boycott the NFL, just see how many cops you get to follow your lead. An epic fail from a small mind.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours.

    And what discipline should be applied to the police that do? When the players exercise their rights, the cops say the players should be disciplined. So the same should hold true for the cops ’cause that just makes sense, right?

    He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be.

    It should be “Hey, St Louis cops. Sit down and shut the fuck up.”

  • Christopher Foxx

    The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined

    Nice to know the police force, an arm of the government specifically charged with enforcing the laws, is opposed to the First Amendment.

  • trgahan

    Funny the hypocritical reaction you see when a few NFL players use their Gameday platform to protest a social injustice….that doesn’t re-enforce the white male Christian persecution mythology (cough…Tebow…cough).

    Mr. Roorda’s response in no way is a reflection of a plantation mentality in professional sports that supposedly died out long ago (if you even agree it ever existed)….right?