While Youtube has done a good job on weeding out abusive cops, Facebook is doing its part by weeding out cops who are, well, no different than many of us.
The latest incident occurred in Alabama where a “concerned citizen” was upset that an off-duty deputy attending a Halloween party had allowed a couple of women on his squad car to be photographed in “suggestive poses.”
The photos ended up on Facebook where this concerned citizen came across them and became so outraged that he or she sent the photos to Alabama Governor Bob Riley as well as to several high-ranking officials within the Madison County Sheriff’s Department not to mention a couple of county commissioners.
The deputy, whose name has not been released, was immediately placed on administrative leave. It is not clear if the concerned citizen was Facebook friends with this deputy, but somebody deserves to be defriended.
Earlier this year, two cops in Washington lost their jobs over photos and content they placed on Facebook and on a blog.
Meanwhile, when an officer in Idaho was caught on tape sodomizing a man with a Taser gun, he was simply advised that he needed more training. Talk about discrepancy. That victim, however, is now suing.
Now I’m all for holding police officers accountable for their actions, but I also understand that they are human. Perhaps people in Alabama are a tad bit conservative but I don’t see what all the fuss is about in this case.
Anybody who is friends with me on Facebook knows that I post the occasional “suggestive pose” photo. Actually, I keep those to myself because they always lead to trouble, but every once in a while, one may slip through (thankfully, nobody has complained to the governor yet).
While the WHNT News reporters were able to find other citizens who were just as concerned about these photos, most of the people leaving comments in the article appear to side with the deputy. Perhaps they are from out of state.
Initially, the photos were so dark I could barely make them out. I had to lighten them in Photoshop to be able to make sense of them.
I really don’t understand why their faces are blacked out. If the news station is going to make an issue over this, then they should go all the way.
But I really don’t see anything troubling in the photos. Maybe it’s the photographer in me, but I always tend to defend cops in this position as I did a couple of months ago with the incident in Louisiana.
Or maybe it’s just the fact that I enjoy seeing photos of women in suggestive poses.