In California, cops banned from pro-police speech but pro-BLM speech is mandatory

Posted on August 25, 2020 7:14 am

In California, cops banned from pro-police speech but pro-BLM speech is mandatory

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A California Highway Patrol division in Southern California prohibited officers this month from displaying Thin Blue Line items, meant to honor law enforcement. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Police Department is decorating its precincts with materials celebrating Black Lives Matter, an organization calling for the defunding of the police.

The CHP memo, a roll call briefing document with the Border Division dated Aug. 14, directed officers to “remove all Thin Blue Line paraphernalia, including anything resembling it … immediately. This includes any paraphernalia hung anywhere in the office, stickers/patches on State or personal property that may be seen by the public during the course of duties, and email signature blocks.”

The Thin Blue Line, depicted as a black and white U.S. flag with a blue stripe, represents the sacrifices that law enforcement make to protect the public and prevent civil unrest. Civilians display the symbol to show their support for the nation’s authorities. Progressive activists, however, liken the symbol to white supremacy and police misconduct.

A California police officer who reviewed the document said it amounted to an official order because of the use of the word “shall.”

“It’s all political so I understand why they sent it out,” he said.

Given the sensitive nature of the matter, there’s a reason the mandate was not sent out as an official public memorandum, a CHP representative in the field said. However, he said the directive came from the commissioner’s office in CHP headquarters.

“CHP wants to stay neutral and not appear to endorse any particular group,” he said.

A representative from the commissioner’s office said the memo, which was leaked to Press California, was not an official directive.

“The item … was included as part of a shift briefing for one area command within Border Division and has since been rescinded since it was a misinterpretation of department policy,” said Fran Clader, CHP’s Director of Communications in Sacramento.

“[It] was intended as a generic reminder to personnel to refrain from promoting any social cause on state property or equipment visible to the public,” she continued. “The advisement does not pertain to personally owned items. “

San Francisco seems to have missed that memo. SFPD weeks ago unveiled prominent Black Lives Matter messages to display in police stations. Few would disagree with the phrase, but the organization is another story. It has conducted campaigns nationwide to defund the police and its supporters have led protests in which officers have been attacked, injured and killed.

The San Francisco Police Commission, made up of civilians, passed the resolution requiring the BLM displays.

“The poster employs the Pan-African colors of red, yellow, green, and black in lettering related to Black lives matter terminology,” the SFPD wrote in a press release.

Not everyone was impressed.

“For me, they’re like absolutely meaningless. These are just platitudes and it’s just tokenism,” Kaylah Williams, an organizer for the Defund SFPD Now Campaign, told KGO News.

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bob
bob
1 year ago

CHP don’t cave to this scat. Arrest the criminal Governor.

bob
bob
1 year ago

Bunch of Bulhit

SnakeUSMC
SnakeUSMC
1 year ago

WHAT law, super seeds the US Constitution (Free speech)

Fred Stevens
Fred Stevens
1 year ago

#BlackLivesDontMatter

95% of the violent crime. Maybe it’s payback time.

Michael Golemon
Michael Golemon
1 year ago

LEO’s have a job to do that doesn’t suite most folks,
You have to have a Alpha dog personality to be good at what you do as a cop. Some have a gentile manner while others are a NO BS package.
What I’m saying is when you’re put in a position of facing a LEO you can argue and scrapple about to no avail or you can LISTEN to the officer and see if that doesn’t work out better for each of you.

Hal Slusher
Hal Slusher
1 year ago

Well there is no question vote for Trump or vote for communism?

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

F the marxist Burn, Loot, Murder crowd.

Fred Stevens
Fred Stevens
1 year ago

BLDM

suibne
suibne
1 year ago

what ya think nance? think you will walk away from all this without paying the price? ……huh nance? heheh. You WILL pay the price nance…….one way or the other, you will pay the price…think Kenosha Nance…..you did that nance. you did that.

Buzz
Buzz
1 year ago

BLM = Burn-Loot-Murder

SkippingDog
SkippingDog
1 year ago

Law enforcement shouldn’t be endorsing any political point of view.

LuckyLucre
LuckyLucre
1 year ago
Reply to  SkippingDog

Impossible since enforcing the law is now a political issue.

m. fuah
m. fuah
1 year ago

fk blm

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
1 year ago

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop—The Twilight Zone

JF1962
JF1962
1 year ago

CHP wont arrest rioters, but they arrest soccer moms and hair stylists peacefully protesting against the unjustified lock downs at the capital.

John Steele
John Steele
1 year ago

Hmmm. Thats an ILLEGAL ORDER folks. the cops have the same rights and they should tell whomever the troll is to pound sand.. No onme tells me that I can’t speak .. period and end of story.

SkippingDog
SkippingDog
1 year ago
Reply to  John Steele

There’s nothing illegal about ordering officers not to engage in political speech on duty. In their off-duty time, there’s nothing that gives them the right to participate in groups or organizations that bring discredit on their department or profession.

Daveed
Daveed
1 year ago
Reply to  SkippingDog

SFPD must have ignored the position to not engage in political speech while on duty. They advocate and support BLM. BLM is a political org. but you know that already don’t cha?

RuthLily
RuthLily
1 year ago
Reply to  SkippingDog

But pro-BLM on duty is ok? Do you even hear how hypocritical you sound?

Mark
Mark
1 year ago
Reply to  SkippingDog

By that logic NFL players should not be engaged in political speech while on duty. But there they are, doing just that.

StPeter
StPeter
1 year ago

Democrats are destroying Merica

Nacho
Nacho
1 year ago
Reply to  StPeter

Trying Pete, trying… It ain’t over until it’s over and that time ain’t here yet!

showandtell
showandtell
1 year ago

SFPD takes a knee, so to speak, with the outrageous BLM displays and it still isn’t good enough for the Defund SFPD organizer. Will the people who cave ever learn that it doesn’t work?