Yesterday, KOB TV news reported, that the APD officer Economidy, who fatally shot Jacob Mitschelen, had posted on his Facebook page that he was a "human waste disposal". This Facebook statement apparently was how the officer described his role with APD. The tag is no longer posted on the officers Facebook page.
This to me, who followed the APD shootings of last year, seems very disturbing. Is this how some of the officers in APD see themselves? Is this an isolated case? Does APD monitor the Facebook pages of its employees?
Does officer Economidy see himself as someone who can use deadly force, as an officer to protect and serve, to clean up the city of its most unwanted members?
I believe Officer Economidy has a some explaining to do and that his position on the force needs to be examined by Chief Schultz. This type of attitude should not be wanted within APD.
I will be interested to see how Police Chief Schultz handles this situation with the officer based upon the comment on Facebook.
Do you have a link for this story? I just looked it up on kob.com and could not find anything
referencing a Facebook post.
Here is a link to what appears to be a transcript of the KOB on-air story.
Gallows humor. Free speech issue. Government has no business regulating what a person does on their own website.
And point a gun at an officer, what do you think is going to happen? And it ain't going to be "Aim for the arm."
Ain't no law against being stupid. It applies to criminals and cops. Should he use common sense, sure. Should he be punished for it, no.
For the incident, I think the officer followed the right coarse of action.
As for monitoring employee Facebook pages, I am sure that some bosses or which ever ranked individual in APD that oversees other officers do monitor them. I worked at Target where the store manager searched through employee Facebook pages reading their posts. However, like Mi3ke said, the gov't "has no business regulating" behavior "on their own website." With that, I agree. One thing worth mentioning is that a persons Facebook page does not belong to them. It belongs to Facebook and is open to the public in one form or another.
Finally, for the comment,it is shameful that an officer would boast of taking a life in that way because it is not their place to judge people. It's just distasteful. We have a court system to segregate social deviants from society.
Due process is firing first when a gun is pointed at you.
Every one gets due process. If he pointed a gun at an officer (and told multiple time to put it down) he got his due process.
Or would you rather the Police Officer be killed for doing his job?