In of the more bizarre and absurd commands I’ve ever heard come out of the Department of Justice, the Ferguson Police Department has been ordered to stop their officers from wearing “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets.
From the filthy libs at Think Progress:
A Department of Justice letter sent to the Police Chief Tom Jackson of Ferguson, Missouri on Friday instructed all officers to stop wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” bracelets. Another letter issued on Tuesday ordered members of the police department to wear readable name plates, after officers were seen wearing unidentifiable tags or none at all.
Protests have not stopped in Ferguson since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, in August. And in response to civil unrest, which gained steam again after Brown’s memorial was burned to the ground on Tuesday, and the use of the slogan “I Am Mike Brown,” officers were photographed wearing the bracelets supporting the officer who killed him.
The DOJ letter sent to Jackson explained that the bracelets contributed to an “us versus them” mentality and “upset and agitated” others.
I can definitely see why the police department might not want their officers to display a support of a political opinion during their time on duty, but for the arm of the executive branch to command it shows just how petty they are. It’s obvious that they just want this story to stay in the headlines in order to support a race narrative that might agitate and animate some to head to the polls this November.