As I was scooting back home from MattG’s place this afternoon, I drove through Wichita Falls and heard an interesting tidbit on the radio concerning their police department — seems like they just “indefinitely suspended” one of their officers because of his MySpace page.
I checked it out through the website of the Wichita Falls newspaper, and found these:
And Fox News.
I’ve been told that the story has been on CNN also, but I can’t find it on their web-site.
This ought to be interesting; wonder how my department is going to react to this little development.
While I do have a MySpace page, I acquired it for the sole purpose of viewing the MySpace page of Jesse MacBeth, and not only haven’t done anything with the page, but to the best of my knowledge I’ve not been back to my page since then.
I do, however, have this little blog. Longtime readers know that I go to some lengths — more or less — to hide my identity, the identity of other people in the stories, and the location of my department.
I have had flattering — more than flattering — offers to publish some of my scribbles and tales in various places — the Darwin Awards for example — and I always turn these offers down, probably to the confusion of people.
Now you know why.
On one paw, I consider this blog to be my ultimate expression of Free Speech, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I like to think that I am responsible in my postings.
On the other paw, Texas is a Right to Work state. The personnel in my department are constantly reminded that we work at the whim of the Sheriff; and that the Sheriff does not require a reason to fire us in Texas.
My department is probably going to react to the WFPD story. How it does so is not really known to me at this time, but it could require — worst case scenario — that Internal Affairs be notified of any web presence, so that IA may vet such writings, or even to order department personnel to stop blogging or find another job.
Again, that would be a worst case scenario.
I have become fond of this little blog. While it neither feeds me, nor pays any bills, it attends to my need to write, and it has become a way for introverted me to interact on some level with other people outside of work.
I have come to like reading the Comments and discovering that other people enjoy the things I write.
This blog is my Free Speech. I’m not giving it up.