A Missouri state representative is one of the men behind the Support Officer Wilson fundraiser on GoFundMe. The page, which mysteriously stopped accepting donations on Saturday, was run by Shield of Hope, a charity associated with the police union in Ferguson. Representative Jeffrey Roorda is the charity’s Vice President.
Roorda, a former police officer, has a very questionable history. In 2001, he was fired from the police force in Arnold, Missouri (18 miles south of St. Louis) for filing false statements, according to the L.A. Times.
His superiors accused him of filing a false statement against a suspect in 1997 and against his own police chief when the chief declined to give Roorda paid paternity leave, according to Missouri court records.
Roorda responded at the time that he’d been unjustly fired, but he lost his appeals.
Inexplicably, Roorda was then hired by the Kimmswick police department, five miles away, as their police chief. He also became the business manager of the St. Louis Police Association. When asked recently by the Post-Dispatch, Roorda said that neither he, nor the Police Association, support the use of dashboard cameras in police vehicles.
In 2004, Roorda ran for state representative in the 113th district, representing the Arnold, Imperial, and Barnhart areas as a Democrat. He is a member of the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety, which is problematic at best. A bill he introduced this January would have made it a crime to release the name of any police officer involved in any shooting, including any records or documents about the shooting containing the officer’s name, even if they were off-duty at the time, unless and until the officer had criminal charges filed against them. Luckily, the bill went nowhere, but if it had passed, we still wouldn’t know Darren Wilson’s name today. Roorda is now running for state senate.
You’d think that a politician currently running for a higher office would be hesitant to assist a police officer who shot and killed a teenage boy in broad daylight, but Roorda told the L.A. Times that he has no such qualms.
“I can tell you that every single voter in my district that I’ve talked to wants to reserve judgment on Officer Wilson and on Michael Brown until the facts are out there. … The people in my district just care about getting the facts and about justice being done.”
Asking for all the facts is pretty rich coming from the guy who tried to make it illegal to release the names of officers involved in shootings. If Roorda’s district is as racist as he’s implying it is, he may end up in the state senate as he plans.
the FBI is investigating who leaked all those nudes but darren wilson is free & cops are breaking the law. lol ok.
"You shouldn’t be worried about equality, women can vote!" Ah yes now I can choose which straight white man can oppress me what a time to be alive
I don’t understand how all Muslims are called terrorists because of what one group of 19 extremist men did 13 years ago.
But white people aren’t called terrorists when they invaded their countries, killed millions of civilians, when they shoot up schools, shoot up movie theaters, and kill random POC. Isn’t that something.
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