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


“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!).


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.


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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