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Former Cop Who Called for NFL to Discipline Players for Ferguson Solidarity Has Past of Lying to Protect Crooked Cops

December 2, 2014 in Blogs

By Alex Ellefson, AlterNet

Jeff Roorda was reprimanded in 1997 for filing a false police report to cover up for another officer.

A member of the St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) – which demanded yesterday that the NFL discipline five players who marched onto the field at the opening of a game to show support for the Ferguson protestors — was reprimanded and later fired from a Missouri police department for lying to cover up for another officer.

At the opening of yesterday’s game in St. Louis, Rams players Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt stood together on the field with their arms above their heads, displaying the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture of protestors in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The town has experienced days of unrest following the grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Shortly after the game, SLPOA business manager Jeff Roorda issued a statement asking for the NFL and the Rams to discipline the five players and compel them to make a public apology.

Roorda said: “Now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson's account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eyewitness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.”

According to court documents, Roorda was fired from the Arnold, Missouri police department, where he served as a police officer for 11 years, for misconduct after having been reprimanded years earlier for lying in a police report. According to the documents, Roorda filed false statements in a police report about a suspect's arrest, in order to cover up for another officer. As a result of the false report, all charges against the defendant were dropped. Roorda was then fired after falsely accusing other officers of threatening and abusing him, according to the court documents.

Roorda served briefly as the police chief in Kimmswick, Missouri before he was elected to the state's …read more


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