This came to me today and thought others here might appreciate watching a nice video made by one of the many good guys in Blue:
His mistake was being in uniform and making the video. He should have known better, he probably did and made it anyway. Risk/reward. He took his chances and it bit him in the butt. Right or wrong in the message, don't do it in uniform where you're representing your employer.This guy did, too.
And he was fired for it.
brownie! Yup, in both videos, the one I posted and the one HSD posted, I was taken aback by their appearance in uniform, the latter even in his cruiser and knew that would be grounds for disciplinary action or worse. Anyone who's even been in the military knows that you cannot protest in uniform because then you appear to be representing your unit, branch, etc. There's a right way and a less than right way to swim upstream and although I agree with the message in both videos, neither did it correctly, IMHO.His mistake was being in uniform and making the video. He should have known better, he probably did and made it anyway. Risk/reward. He took his chances and it bit him in the butt. Right or wrong in the message, don't do it in uniform where you're representing your employer.
A 2 year veteran would know this, I'm sure he must have and made it anyway.
As for Funk, he's far too long winded in his video gun reviews for my tastes. I've told him several times to shorten the vids as others beside myself have decided we're not watching a 15 minute video with 2 minutes of actual shooting time. He didn't listen, he'd have a whole lot more followers if he'd use a little brevity instead of droning on and on.
He's a former jarhead, btw.
The only "problem" with it is he's representing his personal views in protest of other LEOs following orders that violate their sworn Oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States, etc., etc.," but doing it while in uniform, which could get him in trouble with his superiors. I sincerely applaud the message of both of these LEOs and only hope he doesn't get into trouble like Officer Greg Anderson of Seattle PD apparently did. If you remember your time in the military, you were allowed to protest, but not in uniform, which would imply you were representing your chain of command and not your personal views, even if you said you were only representing your own views. Although I no longer wear a uniform, as a DoD Civil Servant who's taken that Oath several times over my career, I too have to be careful not to violate the Hatch Act when performing my official duties as a member of the Executive Branch of the Federal government.I watched Funk's video....can someone explain what seems to be the problem with it?
Not trolling....I really want to know.
"Protest" may be too strong of a description depending upon one's point of view. I personally didn't see Officer Funk's video as a "protest" but understand how it still could be interpreted that way by his chain of command. I hope not!I will re-watch the video to see what you mean by "in protest".
As a Vet I well remember re not making ANY political statements while in uniform and any statements critical of my Chain of Command up to POTUS.
Or they could be caught between orders and WHAT they believe is right, not A right. Like being ordered to stand down while people throw rocks and bottles at them as others continue to riot/loot retail establishments, etc. by superiors, who are taking orders from politicians.I assume this is all about recent rules/regs re mandatory face masks/social distancing and whether these violate constitutional rights. A LEO might well be caught between orders from superiors and his beliefs re rights.
Any possible further discussion re this subject deserves a separate thread.