PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Police Chief on Monday ordered three officers to remove "I am Darren Wilson" images from their Facebook pages.
The image in question refers to the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. An "I am Darren Wilson" bracelet is shown wrapped around a Portland Police Bureau badge.
PPB Chief Michael Reese and Mayor Charlie Hales issued statements about the Facebook posts on Monday morning, just hours before a grand jury decision would likely be announced in the case.
"I was alerted to these images this morning and immediately ordered their removal through the officers' chain of command," Reese said. "The image displayed does not represent this organization and was very inflammatory in nature. Officers certainly have a right to have and express their opinions but not using an official badge of the Portland Police Bureau.".
Hales said the city had been working with community leaders to help keep the peace no matter what the grand jury announces. He said the actions of these three officers would not help reach that goal.
"The officers made a political statement by altering the city's official badges. They were wrong to do so," the mayor said. "Their actions do a disservice to the hundreds of Portland police officers who are building relationships and partnerships with the community every day."
Reese said the PPB Professional Standards Division will review the matter to determine if any policies were violated.