Thursday, November 6, 2014

Our First Priority

This week, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office confirmed that a grand jury continues to hear evidence and that they expect a decision on charges for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson soon. Although I can’t predict the outcome of the process or what may occur as a result of the decision, as the City’s Chief of Police, I can reassure you of the Metropolitan Police Department’s commitment to your safety and your rights.

No matter what the announcement is, the department’s first priority is to protect and serve our citizens…and that includes protesters. And we are ready to do so.

Our department has sat down with protest organizers and had valuable conversations to ensure their rights are protected. We have also met with residents, neighborhood groups, other City departments, other police departments, elected officials and business owners to assure them of our commitment to their safety.

We have consistently said the same thing to everyone: While everyone is welcomed to the City of St. Louis to exercise their First Amendment rights and let their voices be heard and their cause advanced, doing so while putting the lives of other citizens or officers at risk will not be tolerated.

So far, unlike Los Angeles in 1992 and Cincinnati in 2001, there has been no loss of life as a result of civil unrest. I credit our officers’ training and the protesters’ organizers for that.

I hope that continues.

16 comments:

  1. Although we do not live in the city we enjoyed taking advantage of the many venues St. Louis has to offer...until the rioters started. Oh yes, you all them protesters,,but they are rioters. They invade neighborhoods to the point people feel they must take cover in their basements. Steal these same peoples flags off their porches and then burn the flag. This goes on until the wee hours of the morning as people huddle to keep their families safe. They are allowed to close down streets, invade City Hall, disrupt the Symphony, attack fans at sports venues. Not only do they scream vile comments at YOUR police officers,get in their faces, spit on them and throw urine on them. They destroy police cars. We will not be renewing our membership to MO Botanical Garden, The Symphony or our Season Tickets for the St, Louis Cardinals. We no longer feel safe visiting our favorite restaurants or trying new ones in downtown, on Grand, or Clayton. You are so busy protecting the rioters you have forgotten about those of us who are law abiding citizens. When are you going to stop patting these rioters on the heads and start protecting MY RIGHTS. St. Louis city businesses and venues will suffer greatly until you restore peoples trust that they can be safe in St. Louis. What about us, Chief...what about us?

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  2. My line of work brings me to downtown every day, and sometimes after dark and late at night. Your silence surrounding the attack of a downtown citizen by 8-10 attackers, as well as the theft ring targeting band vehicles at local venues, is deafening. Not to mention the multiple shooting incidents we've had during daylight hours just in the last few months. I fear for this city. If the St. Louis City police do not respond appropriately to control the actions of the "protesters" (and I use that term VERY loosely), how can we expect to keep of the rhetoric of this city being safe? It's not. I am very concerned about the long-term repercussions of these incidents on our city, and how it will cause further decline in this area. How can we expect to attract conventions to our taxpayer-funded visitors center (not to mention keep our NFL team from moving)? Why would tourists flock to our exorbitantly-priced multi-million dollar Arch expansion, if they fear being robbed, assaulted, or worse? Why would businesses open up shop downtown, if their customers or employees aren't safe? This city is not safe right now. Police aren't doing their job, and the criminals are wise to it. Your department is more concerned with targeting two college student journalists (with a dozen officers) that are filming your police cruisers on a public sidewalk (who asked permission beforehand, I may add) than protecting the citizens and visitors of your city. I love St. Louis, but I fear for its future. Chief Dotson (and Mayor Slay for that matter), you need to do better.

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  3. The moral of this story is that they wan't you to think they give a fuck about anyone other than their own but in reality, when was the last time you heard of an entire force man-hunt for anyone other than a cop killer? Arm yourselves citizens, protect your family and property from these thugs either in street cloths or uniform. These days you can't tell the difference...

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  5. I believe the police officers are doing the best they are able to at this time...their hands are tied in so many ways. Never forget every time a police officer walks out the door..he/she become a target for the criminals. Then when they shoot/kill a criminal suddenly they are the bad guy. Don't attack and don't shoot at a police officer....idiot. Yes, you probably will get shot. . This whole mess is over a drugged up thug that attacked and robbed a store clerk/owner...then attacked a police officer. That police officer did exactly what he was trained to do when he feared for his life. I support Officer Darren Wilson 100%. The same officers these rioters spit on, are the very officers they call when they need help. Go figure. I don't think it's a case that police aren't doing their job....it's a case that upper management aren't doing theirs. Stop pampering the rioters. If they are blocking the street...arrest them. If they are destroying public property arrest them....stop trying to play nice nice with them.

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  6. Stop posing for photo-ops with thugs and do something about the problem. You don't neogiate with "terrorists-urban, domestic or foreign". Your aspirations to be mayor are in conflict with common sense. If this doesn't end soon. . there will be nothing to be mayor of. Nixon, Slay and you could have ended this months ago but you all took to posturing pre-election. The reality was spelled out clearly election night. . people have had enough and everyone is replaceable. You have NO experience as an actual police officer, let the trained professionals off the leash to do their jobs NOW!!!!

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  7. Chief, Please explain what protection rioters deserve? Will STLMP enforce permit requirements? Will the neighbors be protected much like what didn't happen in the Shaw neighborhood? Will you order officers to stand down while innocent bystanders (and police officers) are being assaulted? Much like the young man who happens to be white that wanted to get home and couldn't get through traffic because rioters were blocking the street as your officers were seen idling around? Then he was assaulted by the very folks you claim you will protect.
    And finally did you really think out the comment that protesters' (rioters) organizers prevented deaths? REALLY? Your lopsided support for rioters is harming our city.

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  8. As an X City Police Officer it sickens me to see how you jeopardize the lives of your own officers and that of innocent civilians. You took an oath to protect lives and property, not coddle these thugs for your own political agenda. Makes me sick to think you ever called yourself a Police Officer.

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  9. You Sir and your Boss Mayor Slay will never get a positive word from me or any type of political endorsement ever again. You have allowed the criminals to be first over law abiding citizens. You both should hang your heads in shame and disgrace for your lack of respect of the men and women in blue who you have let down along with the citizens who obey laws in this once great city. You both have turned this city into a toilet thats overflowing with shit. Clean up your mess because my self and many nieghbors are putting for sale signs up soon as possible.

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  10. Chief, when I was little boy my father was a police officer in Baltimore. I remember the day MLK was shot...It happened 900 miles from my home and yet the violence spread very quickly across the country. I'm not trying to compare the 2 cases as MLK was a good and decent man who was looking for a better life for blacks...as they deserved...But what I am getting at is the speed at which the violence erupted...before social media, before wireless phones, before cable TV and 24 hour news coverage. we, as in the entire country need an announcement ...not of the verdict...but certainly of it's impending announcement...at least 24 hours in advance...so those of us of all races who live in urban and suburban areas can decide if we want to go to work, send our children to school or go into the cities....Please give us that courtesy....MLK riots may have happened nearly half a century ago...but many of us remember what happened...

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  11. Thank you for your words Chief Dotson. Hopefully the city police will remember that the right to peaceful protest is our MOST sacred right. The protesters are patriots in the truest sense of that word. Thankfully, the racism expressed by some is not the only reality in our city. Upholding the sanctity of ALL human life will make us a stronger city, a stronger people and a stronger nation. If we are to move forward we need voices of moderation, a real committment on the part of the police to allow freedom of expression, and a willingness to listen to people we do not trust or understand.

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  12. We used to look forward to an annual trip to Saint Louis but canceled it this year (In northwest MO). After watching the streams of thugs terrorizing drivers, stealing american flags and burning them, spitting on officers, screaming at locals and blocking traffic...I don't feel safe taking my children to your city.

    I made sure to phone MOCRA, Ted Drewes, our favorite thin crust pizzeria and other various tourist spots we'd hit to let them know they won't be getting our money this year due to their Mayor and police chief too. I hope more people do that so instead of cuddling common criminals, you actually start protecting the law abiding, tax paying businesses and citizens of your state.

    You should be ashamed of what you're forcing your police officers to endure. I've watched the streams, have you?

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  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9nH0JWrgdQ&noredirect=1

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  14. Don't make the mistake of hassling and over reacting to protesters, even if they bait the police.
    The police can't afford to get tied up with mostly peaceful protesters.
    I'm afraid the opportunists will take advantage of the situation to loot elsewhere, even at great distances.
    Avoid drama at the protest sites to leave officers available to nab the real criminals.

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  15. No sense commenting here. Chief Dotson is not going to respond to our concerns...we are not protesters or rioters or looters. Again yesterday they were allowed to shut down a major street..if I did that you know I would be arrested IMMEDIATELY because I am a law abiding citizen..not threatening, not looting, not protesting......those are the cretins whos rights you are concerned with. SHAME ON YOU CHIEF DOTSON!

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  16. Chief Dotson is scum. He can't even say that the attacks on the White-Bosnian guys were racially motivated when there's proof of the attackers yelling racial slurs and saying to attack those white &£&£. You can address it when it's white on black but not the other way. You are sucked up under politics and ONLY looking out for your pocket instead of the real problems. Whites are getting attacked every day by black people and the black people are clearly saying its racially motivated by their words but you can't open your mouth about that or charge the attackers with racial crimes. If a white person said racial slurs to a black person before, during, and after an attack on that black person and especially when they are attacking in groups then you would be sure to have racial crimes charges on them because you want to appease the black community while selling out to all other communities. You know those attacks on the Bosnian white people were racially caused but you aren't saying a word about it. You are scum. You are no better than the trash that is looting and burning Ferguson down. White people couldn't riot, loot, and burn buildings down. They would be stopped instantly. They would be shot, every one of them arrested, beaten, and all kinds of charges on them. Do what's right for once instead of being a disgusting piece of trash. You owe it to the city to be equal to everyone not partial to the black community. You're only looking out for your political career by not placing racial hate crime charges on those black attackers. There's many more things that I would love to say to you but I'm not on here in the off chance a child is reading this. Just remember, you are a disgusting piece of trash and YOU ARE THE REASON THAT COPS GET A BAD NAME. You are corrupt. Even if you aren't getting paid to keep your mouth shut about these racist attacks. You are still corrupt because you aren't being equal. That's what makes you scum. Maybe if you were attacked by a group of black people while they yelled racist remarks to you them you might think about charging them as a hate crime. That wouldn't happen though because you are protected unlike those Bosnian people where. You have a gun and many people to protect you. You have cover ups, news agencies, lawyers, the city, and the state to hide behind. You will realise one day your corrupt ways but by then it will be to late.

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