It can’t happen here?

Think again.

Derogatory remarks toward President-elect Barack Obama made on a social networking Web site are now the subject of an internal police investigation.
A police department employee claims the statements were made on the MySpace pages of two Durham officers.
“There’s no exact words that were said,” said Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr. in a telephone interview Wednesday from San Diego, where he is attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. “It wasn’t a racial slur, but we’re still investigating it.” [My emphasis.]

7 thoughts on “It can’t happen here?”

  1. not a good example. I represent cops and deal with departments all the time. Anything they do that makes cops look bad even if off duty can get them reprimanded or disciplined.
    it would be different if it involved a civilian.

  2. Don’t they have First Amendment rights, too? I know they work for a public entity, but that doesn’t remove their right to express their opinions.

  3. They only have 1st amendment rights if they speak out on matters of public concern. Don’t know what they said here, but if it was some type of racial slur or something similarly offensive, they can be reprimanded.
    If they were marching dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz they could be reprimanded.
    Not enough info in the article. Now if it was simply a political opinion, then they are protected.

  4. “As a police officer, it doesn’t matter where you do it, if you provide disservice to the organization, it violates the [department’s] code of conduct,” he said. “It is a high standard that officers are held accountable to.”
    Really? Oh my gosh… Where you just as diligent when those derogatory remarks were made towards YOUR CURRENT PRESIDENT?
    What a bunch of crock! These are going to be the longest four years of my life. Never thought I would wish to get older so fast.

  5. We may not be able to do most of what we want if the Democrats have a filibuster-proof vote. They can easily remove our voice in the media through the Fairness Doctrine or Democrat approved amnesty for illegal and felon votes. So all of our work might be for naught if we are sabotaged in this way. We have to have some kind of balance
    in Congress.
    > Right now there is a race in Georgia for another Republican seat in the senate. We are very, very close to the dangerous 60 Democratic seats. I don’t know how people can help–like many of you–I have a 70 hour a week job–we are all so busy. I am going to donate to the Republican Trust –a group that is fighting for Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). If anyone else wants to donate, go to the Republican Trust website.
    Anyone who is in or near Georgia can help to get out the Republican vote by contacting their local GOP. I am aware that many people do not know the importance of this race and the one in
    Minnesota. The race is over the first week in December. Thanks everyone.

  6. I thought the right to free speech would cover the right to state just how large B.O.’s size XXX ears are…
    not that he can fly with them yet, I’m just sayin’.

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