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November 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Portland chief: Officers must yank Ferguson posts

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says he’s ordered three officers to remove images from their Facebook pages that use police badges in expressions of solidarity with the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Reese says the images are depictions of the Portland Police Bureau badge along with the words “I am Darren Wilson.”

Reese said in a statement Monday that officers have the right to a personal opinion, but they can’t use the police badge in expressing it. He said he’s ordered an internal investigation.

It appeared from their pages that at least two of the officers had taken steps to comply. A police spokesman couldn’t be reached.

Mayor Charlie Hales issued a statement backing the orders. The police officer union withheld comment, citing the internal investigation

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