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Ex-NYPD Official: Mo. Cops Can't Worry About Public Perception

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 03:11 PM

As demonstrations continue in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of young black man Michael Brown by a white police officer, the former chief of staff of the New York City Police Department, John Picciano, says police there "can't worry about . . . public perception."

"The police have to be prepared, and they can't worry about what the public perception is going to be," Picciano told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

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"They have to be ready to protect personal property, businesses and the people of Ferguson, and, unfortunately, it seems right now that you may have agitators that have entered the city from different organizations that really have other agendas rather than what really occurred [in] the Michael Brown situation," he explained.

He said police officers can determine the role of outside forces by assigning police officers "on the ground that are undercover that are inside the groups, which is common practice throughout law enforcement."

"From that you may be able to figure out who these people are, why they are there, and maybe speak to their leaders and try to calm them down and let them understand that the process must go forward until the grand jury comes out with its decision and that everybody needs to stay calm," he added.

The protesters want charges to be brought against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, 18, in an incident currently being reviewed by a grand jury.

They also want an end to the militarization of local police forces, body cameras to be placed on all police officers, and an independent investigation whenever someone is shot by a police officer.

Almost 50 protesters were arrested in Ferguson on Monday. Seventeen were arrested in St. Louis on Sunday, among others over the weekend in a four-day demonstration over the shooting in Ferguson. The demonstrations were further inflamed by the shooting of Vonderrick Myers Jr., 18, in south St. Louis on Wednesday.

According to Picciano, the protesters need to understand that their demonstrations are actually hurting local businesses.

He said the best way to curtail the "spontaneous demonstrations" is to "get the community leaders" and "church leaders" involved.

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As demonstrations continue in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of young black man Michael Brown by a white police officer, the former chief of staff of the New York City Police Department, John Picciano, says police there "can't worry about . . . public perception."
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