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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Two Portland police officers who expressed support for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Facebook were ordered to receive counseling, and a third retired.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1RWd2fd ) that the officers posted “I am Darren Wilson” over a photo of the Portland police badge in 2014.

Police documents show that Officers Rich Storm and Kris Barber were ordered to undergo command counseling for bringing “reproach and discredit” to the police bureau and damaging its reputation. Bureau records say a third officer, Rob Blanck, faced a potential suspension without pay. He retired.

The Facebook posts were made prior to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.

Portland Police Association President Officer Daryl Turner declined to comment.