Monday, December 01, 2014

corrupt overseer rooda a thug union leader and legislator opposed to video evidence of overseer misconduct...,


slate |  After several members of the St. Louis Rams NFL team made a "hands up" gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters before the team's home game yesterday, a group called the St. Louis Police Officers Association issued a statement criticizing the players. The group's statement quoted its business manager, Jeff Roorda:
The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. 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 [sic] 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 [sic] products. It's cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association is a union that represents city officers in collective bargaining and lobbies legislators; it appears to have been around for at least 46 years. Roorda himself has been in the news before: In 2001 he was fired from his police job in Arnold, a Missouri city about 20 miles from St. Louis, after making what an investigation determined to be a false accusation of abusive behavior against his police chief during a dispute over paid leave. The department's justification for his termination made reference to a previous incident in which Roorda had lied on a police report. From a Missouri Court of Appeals ruling upholding his firing:

google |  Jeffrey Roorda is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives and a corrupt police officer. He has been serving in the house since 2013. Wikipedia