For Once NFL Gets It Right, Despite Disgraced Former Cop’s Manifesto

St. Louis Rams Players Protest Ferguson Grand Jury

St. Louis Rams Players Protest Ferguson Grand Jury

As players were introduced prior to Sunday night’s NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, St. Louis players Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the playing field and stopped, their arms raised as if surrendering, in a moving tribute to the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the latest example of a justice system that can and is easily manipulated to reach whatever result those in positions of power desire. The National Football League, hardly a bastion of what is just and right, as I have written about numerous times in the past, this time got it right, and stood up for the first amendment rights of the players, refusing to either criticize or sanction the players. In its official statement, Brian McCarthy, NFL Vice President of communications, released this statement: “We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation.”

The team also stood by the players, and when asked if the team would fine the players, Ram’s head coach Jeff Fischer stated the following:

“As far as the choice that the players made, no, they were exercising their right to free speech,… They will not be disciplined by the club nor will they be disciplined by the National Football League as it was released today.”

But, then we have the very telling "official" response on behalf of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, and their business manager, one Jeff Roorda, who took to local microphones to made a vile, repugnant statement, endorsing the flawed and partisan fake effort made to not indict Darren
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Wilson, finishing with treats of his own to the Rams and their supporters:

“I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

Fighting words from Mr. Roorda, but just who is he? Well, therein lies a whole new tale. It seems the Mr. Roorda, the newest voice of the fascist, racist right, is himself a former police officer who did more to disgrace the uniform than few others who have ever become the voice of any police organization. It seems that Roorda was a sworn officer for the city of Arnold, Missouri, also in Jefferson County, and that back in July of 1997, he was reprimanded for filing a report replete with false statements, so done for the purpose of coveringup the true facts of an apprehension and arrest of a suspect. As a result of the false report, charges against the suspect were dropped.

Then in 2001, while still an officer on the Arnold police force, Roorda requested 12 weeks of leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and he further asked that he receive full pay for his leave time. Arnold Chief of Police Dale Fredeking responded to his requests, informing him in a written memorandum that he could receive FMLA time off, but that it would be unpaid, and that he first had to use all of his accrued paid vacation

time. The memo further stated that department rules did not permit him to use paid sick leave time. Thereafter, on May 1, Roorda met with Chief Fredeking in Fredeking's office, at first with the door open, but the door was closed during the course of the meeting. Three weeks after this meeting, Roorda filed a complaint against the Chief, alleging that the Chief had verbally abused him and attempted to intimidate him during their meeting, yelling and cursing at him, and
slamming his desk.

There were numerous witnesses outside the Chief’s office during the meeting, including people whose desks were directly outside the office. These witnesses all testified that they were aware of no evidence of the allegations made by Roorda. Even more relevant was the fact the Roorda actually tape recorded the meeting with the Chief and he turned the recording over to the investigators. The investigators’ findings, based on the witnesses and the tape recording, were summed up as follows: “Chief Fredeking did not slam his fist on his desk, did not yell at Roorda, and in no way attempted to intimidate Roorda.”

Due to his false complaint against the Chief, Roorda was terminated from the Arnold police department. Roorda filed an appeal of his termination with the Missouri Court of Appeals, which upheld his termination (Jeffrey Roorda v The City of Arnold, No. WD 62570). The above facts are taken from the Court’s opinion and decision.

THIS is the guy threatening the St. Louis Rams, the NFL, and Rams’ fans, that cops and their supporters will “throw a flag on this play”, whatever that may actually mean.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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