GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – In a letter submitted to the website lawofficer.com, Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore openly criticizes actions taken by law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo. since the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
In the letter addressed to Captain Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Delmore says, in part, “I have to call you out,” and, “You blew it.”
Read the letter in its entirety here. *DISCLAIMER: There is profanity used in the letter. Reader discretion is advised.
Johnson was put in charge of all law enforcement operations in Ferguson Thursday, August 14 by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Delmore goes on to criticize the timing of the release of the officer’s name involved in the shooting and the surveillance video showing Brown allegedly committing a strong-armed robbery just before the shooting.
“Many don’t like the timing of the release of the video. I don’t like that timing either. It should have been released sooner. It should have been released the moment FPD realized that Brown was the suspect.”
Delmore also criticizes statements made by Johnson, saying that his words contributed to the violence that broke out on Friday night and Saturday morning.
“Captain Johnson, your words during the day on Friday helped to fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface. St. Louis County Police were told to remain uninvolved and that night the rioting and looting began again. For much too long it went on mostly unchecked. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted that your ‘hug-a-looter’ policy had failed.”
FOX0 News has reached out to Chief Delmore for a statement regarding his letter. A department spokesperson responded to the request with the following statement:
“Chief Delmore appreciates all of the inquiries concerning the letter he addressed to Captain Johnson yesterday. He has received numerous interview requests from all over the Country. However the Chief prefers to let the letter speak for itself.”
Out on the streets, opinions are mixed. Charles Cantrell was quick to support Chief Delmore.
“Yeah absolutely. I’m glad he did. More power to him,” Cantrell said.
“I think they should keep their opinions private and support their fellow officers no matter what the situation is,” countered Selena Groce. “I don’t think it should be a public standing ground to voice their opinion on something that’s happened that they weren’t personally involved in.”
Gulf Shores’ mayor, Robert Craft chose not to take sides on the issue. According to a city spokesperson, since the events in Ferguson have nothing to do with Gulf Shores, Mayor Craft is not taking a standpoint or making any statement regarding the letter.