Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson has agreed to stop police from wearing “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets in solidarity with the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown last month.
Officers can no longer wear the bracelets while in uniform and on duty after federal officials intervened to put a stop to the officers wearing the accessories.
“These bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists,” Lopez wrote.
Lopez also urged the chief to ensure that his officers wear their name tags in keeping with department policy. Critics had noted officers were patrolling without them or with their names covered by black tape, according to the letter.
“Allowing officers to remain anonymous when they interact with the public contributes to mistrust and undermines accountability,” Lopez had written to Jackson in a letter earlier this week, also released Friday. “The failure to wear name plates conveys a message to community members that, through anonymity, officers may seek to act with impunity.”
Ferguson police and the Justice Department have been investigating the incident. A grand jury is deliberating about whether Wilson should be charged.
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