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St. Louis County Police Hockey Team Publicly Supports Officer Darren Wilson on Facebook

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While the St. Louis County Police Department investigates Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in August, members of the department's hockey team are dropping their gloves for the cop at the center of the controversial killing.

The county police hockey team, whose website says it is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, plays around St. Louis and sometimes other states to have fun and raise money for charity. But lately, whoever runs the team's Facebook page has turned it into something of a fan site for Wilson, who was also known to play a little puck back in his high school days.

Here's a post supporting their "Ferguson Brother":

And here's the whole team, in a photo taken last year, under a mantra repeated by Wilson supporters:

These posts were made within a few days after the Facebook page shared an August 10 announcement from the actual STLCPD that says the department will treat the Wilson investigation like any other, and it will not "take sides."

According to the STLCPD hockey team's website, there are seventeen active-duty police officers lacing up their skates, including Vince Mullen from the Ferguson Police Department, as well as two members from the county's special ops team that made up the oft-criticized militarized presence during the protests: Steve Schue and Nick Leavy.

The team even has some NHL DNA on its squad with hall of famer Al MacInnis' son Carson playing defense, just like his dad did for the Blues. Carson MacInnis joined the county police as a patrol officer last year.

While critics of law enforcement might find it troubling, expressing support for Wilson as part of a police group isn't against any rules.

"The [posts do] not violate policies set forth by the STLCPD," Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, tells Daily RFT in an email.

See also: Cop in Ferguson Tweets Lies to Justify Tear-Gassing Protesters in Their Own Back Yard

So, no worries for these puck coppers. Just like in hockey, police officers have to support their teammates in good times and bad.

And given how much pressure the STLCPD has been under for firing tear gas, rubber bullets, wood pellets and flash grenades at people protesting police brutality, who could blame them for needing to express themselves?

That's why the other social-media sites the STLCPD hockey team links to is interesting: They provide a glimpse into how police officers and their families are feeling in these trying times.

Click on the next page for more musings from St. Louis police officers on social media...



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240 comments
Rosalind Early
Rosalind Early

Hmmm. Not sure that writing "We are Darren Wilson" above a bunch of white guys is the best approach here.

Jay Johnson
Jay Johnson

I do know what the cracka was. I don't care. It all needs to stop. Sorry the kids dead. All the bs is got to stop. The riots. Peope stopping traffic on 70. For what?? To be heard. Bunch of bs

Orion Getitin Jones
Orion Getitin Jones

Ahem if no one knew his name in the week before they released it, how could he receive death threats.? People that dont do wrong dont hide...

Orion Getitin Jones
Orion Getitin Jones

Think about this.. No one knew his name but the police before they released his name after a week. Then how could he have received death threats and have to go into hiding?

Orion Getitin Jones
Orion Getitin Jones

Sad to say look at something obvious.... No one knew his name but the police... How in the week before the release, did he receive death threats and have go into hiding...

Michael Narcissus Kasten
Michael Narcissus Kasten

I support Darren Wilson...if he explains that he was TRAINED excessively to shoot a man that many times if he gets scared. Other wise...nah he is still a murder.

Grace K.
Grace K.

"the only publicly released information we know about him is he shot an unarmed black 18 year old but he's our buddy!"

Heather Schuchmann
Heather Schuchmann

It's not all of RFT, it's only one or two people who think they are journalists...a ture journalist wouldn't show which side or what they like or dislike, they would just tell the story to inform their community what is happening... but no we get stuck with someone who doesn't get it and expressing something that is a personal opinion

alwayslogic81
alwayslogic81

I left a comment asking - if the shooting is found unjustified, will they keep that pic up?

They deleted it!

Kelly Gilliland Strain
Kelly Gilliland Strain

I'm done with RFT. Fan the flames for some other reader. This post is completely biased.

Craig Kahn
Craig Kahn

Just a gang of pigs with god complex. When Wilson is indicted they will have to act right.....bummer. Oh, and does anyone else notice they don't have one black person in they're gang?

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson

Basketball, the only sport that whites do not dominate...wtf?!

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson

What, you actually want to hear the other side w/o making a snap-judgement?! You racist! Tell me about it, RFT is SO biased.

Dale Proctor
Dale Proctor

Come on Nino Brown! Those words will get you booted off facebook!

Chad Hanebrink
Chad Hanebrink

I bet he feels worse knowing that this particular "news" outlet is rooting against him.

Scott Clemenson
Scott Clemenson

We get it RFT it's obvious what side you're taking in this matter.

Julia Wimberly
Julia Wimberly

In so flippin sick of this! The RFT is completely biased. Goodbye!

Brian Penn
Brian Penn

Readership must be down the last couple of days.....time to stir it up again!!! That's classy!

Mac Laoch
Mac Laoch

You posted this again? Must need to keep the race baiting high on your article.

Josh Maroon
Josh Maroon

I'm not an ignorant racist but I'm wondering if the riverfront times has produced anything non biased in the past month. So yeah people on Facebook probably will call me a racist.

Laurie LoPiccolo
Laurie LoPiccolo

Isn't now about when the ignorant racists start commenting?

Genie Ramsey
Genie Ramsey

It's just showing support for their fellow officer.

Don Bevirt
Don Bevirt

Hockey the only sport that blacks do not dominate it figures! lol

Ron Touchette
Ron Touchette

Its people like you Brad Hicks is why all those dumbasses are out there rioting. If you listen and watch the news its pretty obvious Officer Wilson was in the right. Those officers didn't pick a side. They chose to support a fellow officer who they know is guilty of nothing other than doing his job. I know there are bad police out there but most of them are good people and for you to say fuck the police is just stupid. If it weren't for the police your life would be very different. As an exofficer myself I find what you said offensive and troubling to think people think like you do about the police. If Officer Wilson was in the wrong I guarantee that those officers would not be supporting him.

keith.vianey87
keith.vianey87

Then don't support the blue. Who are you gonna call when an emergency arises, not 911, but 1-800- thughelp

keith.vianey87
keith.vianey87

Wes slocum, no cum, or whoever you are. And I'm sure the world wouldn't care if you were hit 6-9 xs. What have you done to make the world a better place?? Not a damn thing!! Just another internet PI!!

John Sitek
John Sitek

One thing's for sure: they need to get rid of those Bruin-look alike jerseys.

Wes Slocum
Wes Slocum

What a bunch of pathetic, bullying, little dicked, assholes. Karma is a motherfucker, just saying, wouldn't lose sleep if I heard that one of these pricks took 6 or 9 shots

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

FAKE OUTRAGE!!!!! OMG, Police officers supporting each other....UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Oh wait....,my conservative boss is coming....I need to get off here and get back to work cause I get paid WAY TOO MUCH for the pathetically simple job I do. Bye.

jbradhicks
jbradhicks

"They didn't pick a side" but he's a "fellow officer who they know is guilty of nothing." How is that not picking a side?

You want to know why they were out there rioting? Look at the Missouri Attorney General's annual report on ethnic profiling, and read the Arch City Defenders' report on racist prosecutions. All the anti-protester people keep saying that they should find a non-violent way to protest this, ignoring the fact that they DID try every non-violent way to protest this, and nothing got done. So they blocked a street for a while. That got them tear gassed, and still nothing got done. Then they burned down the Quick Trip. And now the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is in town, investigating the Ferguson PD and the County PD, and warning that the investigation may expand to other PDs in the area.

I wish you, and the other people in a position to do something about their complaints, had done something about these complaints before the Quick Trip burned down, before all those businesses were burgled. Violence is not the best solution. But every other solution had been tried.

keith.vianey87
keith.vianey87

Wouldn't loose any sleep in you got pumped full of 5-8 shots yourself

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