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Should police officers, especially at a leadership rank, express political opinions on social media?

by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm 92 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

I typically don’t send emails like this, but what I saw on LinkedIn this morning concerns me. I was scrolling through and came across a post from a DC Lieutenant connected to one of my LinkedIn connections. The screenshot I took is above (since removed and sorry for the ringer icon!).

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I then decided to look at this person’s LinkedIn page and found that the majority of what he is posting has to do with being anti-protester and/or anti Hillary supporter. In any other space I would not care

, but this person is a civil servant in DC and we pay him to protect us. Given how overwhelmingly liberal and anti-Trump DC is, I find it alarming that someone in his position is publicly posting in this manner. It makes me think that he would not protect DC protesters.

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As DC residents, how are we supposed to address something like this? I find it so inappropriate for a civil servant to post on social media like this, especially publicly. Should I contact the police department directly?”

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