Sunday, January 25, 2015

Police reviewing officer's use of gay epithet on Facebook

Posted By on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 8:07 AM

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A reader sends a screen shot of a Facebook post on a page that appears to be that of a Little Rock police officer. Until I've heard from her, I'll just show the note and not the name of the officer, who was commenting on the Seattle-Green Bay football game.

I asked the police information officer, Lt. Sidney Allen, about it. His response:

The Little Rock Police Department was made aware of this post earlier this week. An internal investigation was started at that rime.

As with all investigations we will not comment until the investigation has been concluded.

The use of epithets demeaning to gay people is, sadly, probably still more prevalent in public than use of racial epithets. Not because people have necessarily grown more racially accepting, but simply because of the recognition that it is unacceptable in polite society.

Again, social media strikes with the simple lesson: If your heart is cold and your mind closed, at least have the good sense not to put it on public display. Especially when you are paid by taxpayers to protect some of the very people you casually demean.

New Police Chief Kenton Buckner got off to a good start when he issued guidelines for police interaction with transgender citizens. It was a welcome demonstration of his sensitivity.

One of his officers, we might reasonably expect, is soon to get a a further lesson.

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