The PC Police are clashing with an ACTUAL police officer. Here’s the 411…
Chief Mark Garrett of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is in big trouble for allegedly sharing a disparaging meme of former Olympic Gold medalist turned transgender activist, Caitlyn Jenner on social media. An investigation is now being conducted on the post that was allegedly shared on Garrett’s personal Facebook account.
The post was revealed to CHP officials by a Los Angeles Times
“The entry, which Garrett posted in April 2017, shows a photo of Jenner that is overlaid with a transphobic and vulgar message,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “In bold type on Jenner’s image, it reads, ‘Anyone who says I’m not a lady can,” and then suggests the reader perform a sex act.” Some of Garrett’s friends posted messages underneath that allegedly demeaned transgender individuals.
Chief Garrett says that he doesn’t recall sharing the meme, but does know the woman who originally posted it. He added that the post does not share his or the CHP’s values.
He said, “I have no recollection of it. I am on Facebook very rarely… If I shared it, I shared. That was a personal Facebook page, and it has nothing to do with the CHP.”
The CHP is going to investigate Garrett’s personal Facebook page all while denouncing the meme as “not consistent with the department’s organizational values.”
CHP spokeswoman, Fran Clader said, “While the post in question appeared on a personal Facebook page, which CHP policy does not specifically address, the post is not consistent with the department’s organizational values. The CHP is an organization of inclusiveness, and any posts made on an employee’s personal social media page do not reflect the diversity, views and background of the more than 11,000 men and women of the California Highway Patrol who work for this department.”
CHP policy doesn’t address what an individual can or cannot post on their personal accounts, although that is increasingly the case with other police departments.
The L.A. Times cites these instances:
The New York Police Department disciplined 17 officers in 2012 over offensive comments about a West Indian American Day parade.
A court of appeal last year, in upholding a five-day suspension for a Los Angeles police officer for a remark he wrote on Facebook, said the LAPD had the right to discipline him for his online conduct.
In recent years, agencies have struggled with officers’ use of social media. In North Charleston, S.C., a police officer was fired for posting a photo of himself wearing Confederate flag underwear. The post was discovered in the wake of the killing of nine black churchgoers by a white supremacist. The officer sued over his termination and was awarded a settlement.
A Philadelphia attorney has launched an extensive examination of the private social media accounts of nearly 3,000 law enforcement officers from eight departments nationwide. The resulting database is intended to show how hundreds of racist or bigoted comments and images from officers’ posts undermine the public trust, the project’s website says.
Transgender activists have reacted badly to the alleged post by Garrett. Jessie Callahan, the founder of the TCops International — Transgender Community of Police and Sheriffs, said that the post was “offensive and vulgar” but that it’s really bad coming from an officer in a leadership position. “It is of concern because he has transgender officers in his area,” said Callahan.
Plumas County deputy and legal advisor, Ed Obayashi, said that he was surprised that CHP doesn’t have a social media policy for their officers because posting discriminatory comments can undermine the job that they are trying to do. Obayashi says that social media is a big deal in our culture and officers need to know what they can and cannot post.
“That is the best practices standard in the industry to have a clear social media policy for officers’ personal usage,” he said, adding, “regardless of officers having 1st Amendment rights, whether on or off duty, 1st Amendment considerations have to be balanced against the legitimate department need to be impartial.”
Wokescolds gonna wokescold.
What do you think, should police departments tell officers what they can or cannot say on their private social media accounts?
by Doug Giles
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