13 Dallas Police Officers Disciplined For Offending People On Social Media

Sandy Malone

The Dallas Police Department announced Thursday that 13 officers were facing disciplinary measures for social media.

Dallas, TX – The Dallas Police Department announced Thursday that 13 officers have been disciplined for making social media posts that violated police department policy.

Dallas police began an internal investigation of officers’ social media postings and comments in July of 2019 after the Plain View Project (PVP), a research enterprise launched by Injustice Watch, identified thousands of Facebook posts made by police officers nationwide that could potentially offend somebody.

The internal affairs division reviewed Dallas cops’ Facebook posts from 2010 to 2019, with special attention paid to 169 officers who were highlighted in the PVP report, KTVT reported.

Sixty of those officers were no longer with the Dallas PD, but internal affairs investigated the 445 social media posts or comments made by the remaining 109 officers on the list.

Although the department found no issue with many of the suspect posts, the Internal Affairs Division identified 13 officers in need of additional training in cultural awareness and the use of social media, KTVT reported.

“Every action by a Dallas Police Officer impacts our relationships with our entire community,” Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall in a statement. “It is imperative that we operate with the highest level of ethics and integrity to ensure that the public is confident in the legitimacy of who we are as a law enforcement agency.”

Chief Hall handed down discipline to the 13 officers that ranged from documented counseling to suspensions without pay, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The Dallas PD’s social media policy says officers “are free to express themselves as private citizens on social media sites” but their posts and comments may not “impair working relationships of the Department, impede the performance of their duties, impair discipline and harmony among coworkers, or negatively affect the public perception of the Department.”

Dallas police said the internal affairs investigation into the posts has not been concluded, KTVT reported.

The department said command staff were still working on ongoing investigations involving two more officers.

Dallas PD was one of seven police departments the PVP specifically highlighted as having a social media problem, KTVT reported.

The PVP database included breakout sections for four major cities - Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis, and Phoenix - and three smaller towns including York, Pennsylvania, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Denison, Texas.

The Philadelphia Police Department put 72 officers on administrative leave after the PVP released its findings.

They ultimately fired 13 officers in July of 2019 for the social media posts or comments.

Later the same month, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department suspended 22 officers for offensive social media postings after they shared images of the “Blue Line Punisher” to their pages.

Although the Punisher logo is associated with the Marvel comic character of the same name, for law enforcement officers and the military it serves as a morale symbol that's otherwise unrelated to the anti-hero comic character.

The image Phoenix officers shared included the badge number of fallen North County Police Officer Michael Langsdorf, who was murdered in the line of duty in June of 2018 while responding to a convenience store for a report about a bad check.

Dallas PD’s announcement of the disposition of the 13 social media investigation came less than a week after 20 former vice squad officers were suspended without pay for failing to account for money they won in gambling stings, KUT reported.

No charges have been filed against those officers in connection with the alleged mishandling of cash and evidence, KERA reported.

Comments (75)
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TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Big Brother is watching. PVP is there already.

Jim DeMarsh
Jim DeMarsh

Personally, I don't care about people's feelings perhaps as much as I should. I'm a firm believer in the First Amendment, and I believe that Amendment extends to everyone, police officers included. I offend people on a fairly regular basis, but as long as I'm not screaming "fire" in a crowded theater, it's my right to do so. The solution is simple...if you don't like what I'm saying, feel free to ignore it, or alternatively, you can run to your safe space and cower there till you've cried it out and feel better. You could always engage me in an acrimonious exchange of ideas, opinions or what have you, but as far as backing off, I rarely do. That's the beauty of the First Amendment, it does NOT guarantee you won't be offended...it guarantees your right to a dissenting opinion, and to express that dissension... Welcome to America!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Just wait until you're retired or done with police work. I usually don't go out of my way to offend except for HCD, black hole, and boogers. For them I make an exception.

jsant277
jsant277

I've been retired for 27 years. Should I be worried that my department may still try to sensor my speech?

JBoH
JBoH

Very happy that social media was way after my time. I'm fairly sure I offended someone everyday. I think it's going to be difficult to find anyone that doesn't offend someone, somewhere for something on occasion. Just guessin'.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm sure HCD is hooked up with PVP and reporting like crazy. I wonder how many court orders this site gets to divulge the identities of members here. Fortunately I'm not LEO so I can bash the trolls back, but if you are LEO, assume this site is a front to bait cops into making "inappropriate comments" worthy of disciplinary action. Call me paranoid, but you can bet someone is always watching.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

15 disciplined, and 60 have already left the department.... I wonder what the union's response will be to the very vague and subjective "their posts and comments may not “impair working relationships of the Department, impede the performance of their duties, impair discipline and harmony among coworkers, or negatively affect the public perception of the Department.”

After all, it sounds like if anyone complains, the officer is guilty, even if they were correct in what they said.

Mama1959
Mama1959

Saying hello might offend somebody so mark it unusable

Big_Tex
Big_Tex

22 St. Louis officers suspended for posting the punisher image??
That's an overreaction if there ever was one. Welcome to dystopia. Now get in line you automatons, big brother is watching.

WEST TEXAS
WEST TEXAS

Bunch of crap....

TONYAPARNELL
TONYAPARNELL

SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BEEN OFFENDING SUBSCRIBERS FOR YEARS, BOO HOO

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#poposillies

The express
The express

Dallas police should not have to deal with bosses that are asshole. Fuck the snowflakes they post shit and it's ok, but someone who just happens to be a cop can't say shit.

investigator
investigator

They better be careful.......at the rate they're leaving the departments, Texas is going to run out of cops!

LeoDad
LeoDad

Heaven forbid someone should be offended! In return I'll just be offended by PVP. What's the world coming to?

sanman899
sanman899

This is such BS. If they have not done something wrong with contacts on or off duty let them speak. It's their right. All the crap they are forced to endure and a FB opinion post gets them in trouble. Won't be long and NOBODY will want the job.

sizzle937
sizzle937

PC crap has to stop

Woobie46
Woobie46

Theses whiny people with nothing better to do than go back to 2010 to find out how offended they SHOULD BE are just another example of the left run amok. One day, this will come back to haunt them...the sooner the better!

Girlwithgun
Girlwithgun

I'm positive my words offend the masses. Their whining offends me, doesn't that cancel each other out & makes us even. Someone failed them somewhere along the way. I learned these words at a very young age: Suck It Up Buttercup'.

Marxest
Marxest

When will the lesson be learned? When will the lesson be LEARNED!??? Active duty police officers and LEO's should refrain from posting their opinions on social media. Anything you say can be used against you. Only positive content should be posted, if you want to risk posting anything at all.

rolltidefan
rolltidefan

Who would want to be a cop in this day and age? A cop can't win if accused of pretty much anything. Everything a cop does is scrutinized over and over until something is found to be either offensive or inappropriate. The liberals like to use the words "Social Injustice", and cops are the target of every hate group and liberal who ever got a traffic ticket. The NFL, Black Lives Matter and all the rest of the anti-police hate groups continue to spew their hate every chance they get. They especially like to use the arm of the democratic party, the american press, to send their message.

Wish505
Wish505

Snowflakes and scratch backs have thin skin that's for sure.

Cheeno
Cheeno

What a broke dck department

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Social Media and Policing are two different things. Police shouldn't have to be disciplined for something they say on Social Media, only what they say to people in the real world.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 As do I. I never play the race card, “white” privilege (whatever that is), I support the First & Second Amendments, God, Country Music, Rednecks, Hillbillies, Policemen and women, EMT’s, First Responders, Firemen, and our fighting men and women in uniform. God save the Queen. Lol!

jrw40113
jrw40113

the pc sjw thought police are out to get anyone who disagree with them, beware.


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