625 N. Euclid, Ste. 321
St. Louis, MO 63108Phone: (314) 361-3767
September 2, 2013,
Executive Board of DirectorsPresident
Darren R. Wilson
Andre L. Smith
Roxann L. Ali
Natalie E. Williams*
David C. Hundley
Sergeant at Arms
*Denotes interim member** Denotes elect member
Dear Members:One of our members received a ridiculous and cowardly racially charged letter in theSouth Patrol Division public district in basket; and it was addressed to the member. Ihave received several inquiries concerning how the Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) isresponding to this “threat”; and what support the Organization is lending to the affectedmember.First, on behalf of our affected member, I thank everyone for the outpour support andabundance of concern given to his overall well being. Second, I thank each of you forinquiring about the responsive actions of the ESOP. This reemphasizes the loyalty,confidence, and trust you have in your Organization during stressful moments. Thiscontinues to be a significant message regarding the value of the ESOP as opposed to otherorganizations, and even some Department personnel. I have often equated the ESOP toa fraternity, in that it
be a safe haven for its members; a place where members willbe provided a comprehensive service package, to include guidance, mentorship, support,and protection during various points in their career.To brief everyone on this incident without compromising anyone’s safety and maintainingthe integrity of the investigation, please accept the following broad facts:
A third party ESOP member notified me of the affected member’s receipt of theoffensive communiqué.
I immediately reached out to the member and met personally with him. VicePresident, Andre Smith and ESOP legal counsel were also present.
Facts were discussed and preparations for a Department EOC and Internalcomplaint were pre-structured.
Chief Sam Dotson and Lt. Colonel Paul Nocchiero met with the member ESOPLegal counsel and me. The chief sincerely pledged to initiate a thoroughinvestigation, exhausting all available resources to find all those responsible forthis act, and hold them accountable. The Chief also pledged to express a zero-tolerance attitude toward this and any other senseless acts of racial intimidation.
A variety of support services were relayed and available to the member.
The member along with the ESOP and legal counsel met with the Internal AffairsDivision to launch the official complaint.