St. Louis Police Officer to be Disciplined for Wearing 'Darren Wilson' Nametag

A St. Louis police officer will face disciplinary action for wearing a nametag that read "Darren Wilson" while he was on the job. Wilson is at the center of the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown back in August.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he "couldn't be more disappointed" and that he thinks the officer will get "some days off for his actions."

The officer's name has not been released. He wore the nametag in a show of solidarity with Wilson last Friday at City Hall where he was stationed.

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, said there's "something wrong with this picture" that protesters have been protected by the First Amendment while the officer is "being told that his passive statement is constitutionally prohibited free speech."

Dotson said that police officers have a first amendment right when they are off-duty, saying the officer "clearly violated" the rules dictating that only department-approved pins may be worn on officer's uniforms.

"We spend a lot of time working on professionalism and building a bridge in the community," Dotson said.

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