One of today's top stories on Channel 4 involved the alleged battery on an abortion protester. It was not the story in particular that opened our Eye; it was, however, the statements given to Channel 4. The Eye could not help but question the hypocrisy of the statement of one of APD's Public Information Information Officers, Officer Robert Gibbs. This is what Channel 4 quoted:
"APD officer Robert Gibbs said ultimately, it comes down to Shaver's right to free speech.
"He was exercising his free speech that we are all allowed to with the First Amendment. That doesn't mean you
can get up and hit somebody or batter somebody," Gibbs said."
This comes as a surprise to The Eye. It was only recently that administrators told supervisors that Officers would face discipline if they made remarks that were deemed inappropriate or put APD in disrepute. So does this mean that City administrators can now dictate who is allowed free speech and who is allowed what we could call "monitored, censored, and stifled speech"? Does the Constitution afford free speech to everyone, except law enforcement officers?
The administrators seem so afraid of officers voicing their own, independent opinion, that there are reports that social media websites are being monitored constantly in order to document the postings made by the officers. In risk of sounding repetitive, The Eye has still been unable to find the footnote of the Constitution that does not allow law enforcement officers to voice their opinion, ON their OWN time, not ON DUTY, even when not representing APD in any way. The threat of discipline (possibly including termination) via the means of intimidation, seems like the current "normal route" of business for the top administrators.
So, please enlighten The Eye. Which will it be? Is "everyone" protected by the First Amendment, or is it just a benefit for those lucky enough to be hand chosen to be protected?
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This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes