Columbia Police Officers Association Issues Public Apology

4 years 4 days 4 hours ago March 24, 2013 Mar 24, 2013 Sunday, March 24 2013 Sunday, March 24, 2013 2:32:00 PM CDT in News
Source: News Release
By: Tori Chamberlain

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Officers Association issued a public apology regarding a post on their Facebook page that was posted on Tuesday the 19th. The Police Department had been working to get the City Council's approval for purchase of a new armored personnel carrier; a Mercedes 6x16 to be exact. CPOA Executive Director Dale Roberts stated in a post, "if CPD rolled up in the new Mercedes 6x16, you KNOW all the boys in the hood would come running out the house." Roberts issued a public apology on Thursday the 21st, reading as follows:

"Statement of Dale Roberts, Executive Director:
On March 19th, 2013, I posted a story about the new Mercedes 6x16 and a comparison between it and the Armored Personnel Carrier needed by the Police Department, on the Columbia Police Officers' Association (CPOA) Facebook page.

One of the justifications offered for an Armored Personnel Carrier was the theory that the mere appearance of such a vehicle would be enough to make someone drop their weapon and come running out of the house. I countered that, if that were the case, the new Mercedes 6x16 truck would be even more effective at drawing people out.

Although intended to be satirical in nature, the post was taken out of context and perceived to be quite different than intended. As soon as this sentiment was voiced, I publicly apologized and I immediately deleted it from our Facebook page.

In as much as the post was removed with 40 minutes of appearing and the apology was issued at that same time, I have been at a loss as to how to respond to the demand several days later, from the Mayor's campaign for yet another public apology.

Nevertheless, I have no reservation about stating now what I stated three days ago. I apologize if the post was read to be something different than intended. I removed it immediately and am glad that I did, and I regret any misunderstanding it may have caused.

The message which was read into the post was clearly not the view of the Columbia Police Department, the Columbia Police Officer's Association, nor did the misconception in any way reflect my own views or attitudes.

The Columbia Police Officers' Association, on behalf of our members, strives to build a positive working relationship with the administration of the Columbia Police Department, the leaders of the City of Columbia, and the citizens our members serve."

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid called for CPOA to make its public apology.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri appeals court panel said utility regulators had no authority to grant conditional approval for... More >>
29 minutes ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:08:00 PM CDT in News
BUNCETON - A water leak that occurred around 5 p.m. on Tuesday forced the city to turn off the water... More >>
48 minutes ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman who used her neighbor's home to receive a fraudulent loan was convicted of... More >>
2 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:44:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House gave initial approval to a bill that would overturn a St. Louis ordinance... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – On April 4, Cole County voters will see two propositions on the ballot designed to improve Jefferson... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed native bumblebees on the endangered species list at the start of... More >>
3 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police said an investigation found that a man apparently fatally shot the mother of his children... More >>
4 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:20:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says people should have the option of getting IDs that allow them... More >>
4 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House has endorsed a bill to repeal the state's "prevailing wage" requirements for public... More >>
4 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:45:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens said he's still against expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Missouri following failed efforts... More >>
5 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:17:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A new Missouri law will change the standard for vetting expert witnesses in jury trials. ... More >>
5 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:06:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - As Missouri legislators debate the merits of a state prescription drug monitoring program, five of the nation's... More >>
5 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:53:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man has been convicted for his role in a shooting that left two... More >>
5 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:45:00 PM CDT in News
STURGEON - The Sturgeon Board of Aldermen voted to remove Greg Halderman from his position as police chief by a... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:15:00 PM CDT in News
CALIFORNIA - A Kansas City man was arrested on suspicion of burglary Tuesday morning after attempting to evade police. ... More >>
6 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:50:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JOPLIN (AP) — A southwestern Missouri teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his 12-year-old... More >>
7 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:56:00 AM CDT in News
LADUE (AP) — Authorities in suburban St. Louis said a man found dead inside a van was wanted for questioning... More >>
8 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:37:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Fire investigators in Kansas City, Missouri, are trying to pinpoint what sparked a three-alarm blaze that... More >>
8 hours ago March 28, 2017 Mar 28, 2017 Tuesday, March 28 2017 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:15:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
7pm 59°
8pm 57°
9pm 56°
10pm 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
The Voice
8:01p
Trial & Error
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:01p
Trial & Error
8:30p
Trial & Error
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld