I have to call you out.
I don’t care what the media says. I expect them to get it wrong and
they often do. But I expect you as a veteran law enforcement
commander—talking about law enforcement—to get it right.
Unfortunately, you blew it. After days of rioting and looting, last
Thursday you were given command of all law enforcement operations in
Ferguson by Governor Jay Nixon. St. Louis County PD was out, you were
in. You played to the cameras, walked with the protestors and promised a
kinder, gentler response. You were a media darling. And Thursday night
things were better, much better.
But Friday, under significant pressure to do so, the Ferguson Police
released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael
Brown. At the same time the Ferguson Police Chief released a video
showing Brown committing a strong-arm robbery just 10 minutes before he
was confronted by Officer Darren Wilson.
Many don’t like the timing of the release of the video. I don’t like
that timing either. It should have been released sooner. It should have
been released the moment FPD realized that Brown was the suspect.