In an attempt to proceed more peacefully in Ferguson, Mo., federal officials have asked local police to stop wearing “I am Darren Wilson” while in uniform and on duty.
Wilson is the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown several weeks ago, sparking protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis area.
“These bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists,” said Christy Lopez, deputy chief of the special litigation section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in a letter to the department.
Police Chief Thomas Jackson accepted the request and has since ordered his officers to not wear the controversial bracelets on the job.
Lopez has also asked Jackson to enforce other uniform codes including wearing name tags and displaying badges. Citizens have made complaints that officers have been on patrol with their name tags and badges taped out or removed completely.