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Know the Limits of Your First Amendment Rights
Law enforcement officers can be disciplined for speaking their minds. Here's a primer on how the First Amendment covers and doesn't cover you on the job.
April 24, 2020
How To Understand First Amendment Rights for Public Employees
As a law enforcement officer, what can you say without negatively affecting yourself and your agency?
December 4, 2017
Video: Austin Police Detective Suspended Over Facebook Comments
The Austin (TX) Police Department suspended a detective they say posted inappropriate comments on his alias Facebook page about the fatal shooting of a naked unarmed teen.
August 24, 2016
Austin Police Detective Suspended Over Facebook Comments
The Austin (TX) Police Department says Detective Jason Chiappardi posted inappropriate comments on his alias Facebook page about the shooting of naked unarmed teen David Joseph. The department gave him a three-day suspension without pay. More Here.
August 24, 2016
Seattle Chief Disciplines Officers Over Social Media Posts
The latest action was announced in a departmentwide email Friday night, only hours after the disclosure of tweets in which a veteran officer ranted about race, gays, President Obama and other subjects.
February 9, 2015
Female NYPD Officers Face Discipline Over Selfies in Uniform
Some female police officers may be in trouble for posting come-hither photos of themselves on social media along with photos in uniform, which violates NYPD policy.
December 1, 2014
Illinois Officer Fired Over Ferguson Facebook Comments
The Elgin (Ill.) Police Department has fired an officer for making disparaging remarks on Facebook, including a comment about the Ferguson, Mo., teen shot dead by police, officials said.
September 30, 2014
Officers Train With NYPD's Twitter Police
NYPD's top brass are taking classes on how to Tweet. The department had only one Twitter account at the beginning of the year, but now has more than 40 and plans to add more.
September 18, 2014
Posts for Public Consumption?
If you shot somebody tomorrow, how would the post you put online today read in the mind of Miss Mary Poppins sitting at her breakfast table?
September 9, 2014
LAPD Library of Homicides Puts 'Murder Books' Online
LAPD's first-of-its-kind partnership with the FBI will place sought-after homicide case information a click away for detectives, who sometimes spend weeks tracking down a file's location.
November 18, 2013
Beware the Lone Wolf
Lone wolves operate on the fringes of extremist movements, with such loose associations being encouraged by terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, and that makes them harder to detect.
October 16, 2013
Anti-Pension Propaganda from Shadowy Websites
Public employee critics in their continuing attempt to place all blame for economic woes on public employees have begun a new line of attack. This time they're employing social media and shadowy websites to bolster their cause.
April 10, 2013
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