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Ethical Society of Police supporters to speak at tonight’s St. Louis County Council meeting against
St. Louis County Police Department decision to not recognize the organization
In responses to the refusal of the St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) to recognize the existence of the Ethical Society of Police (E.S.O.P.) as a local association of police officers, elected officials, community leaders, and E.S.O.P leadership and members will address the St. Louis County Council at tonight’s Council meeting.
E.S.O.P. expanded to St. Louis County in April 2018. Sixty SLCPD officers have joined to-date. SLCPD is refusing E.S.O.P. official Departmental status, according to a letter by Chief Belmar. E.S.O.P. believes this not only sends the wrong message to officers and the community but also would be unconstitutional.
The Ethical Society of Police (E.S.O.P.) is asking all regional police officers, City and County, to rescind their Fraternal Order of Police membership until the St. Louis County Police Department and Chief Belmar sign a formal agreement recognizing the existence of the E.S.O.P. as a local association of police officers.
Tuesday, November 13 at 6 p.m.
**Speakers will be available for interviews following their comments.
St. Louis County Council Chambers
Lawrence K. Roos County Administration Building
41 S. Central Ave.
More than 20 speakers are expected.
Some of the confirmed speakers are Heather Taylor – President of E.S.O.P., Senator Brian Williams, Representative Tommie Pierson Jr, Representative Alan Green, Representative Kevin Windham, Representative Raychel Proudie, Rev. Dr. Linden Bowie – President of Missouri State Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Karen Anderson – President of Metropolitan Congregations United, and Rev. Carl Smith – President, Black Retired Police Officers Association.
The Ethical Society of Police is a membership organization whose mission is to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of the communities they serve through education, legislation, community service, and employee representation. E.S.O.P. represents police officers in grievances and legal cases, champions fairness and equality for members and the community, and promotes diversity within the Department.
James Morgan, Second Vice President of E.S.O.P.
Rachel Brown, Synergy Group