Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ever seen a state trooper be funny on duty?

I haven't. And that is why this particular joker got slapped down.
A highway patrolman who was photographed in a handmade Ku Klux Klan costume while on duty the day before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has been suspended without pay, authorities said.

A fellow trooper who transmitted the cell-phone photo of white-masked lawman has been demoted.

Craig Franklin, a 12-year veteran of the Ohio Highway Patrol, is pictured in the January 20 photo with a white cone on his head, white paper mask and a white cloth covering his shoulders, according to a highway patrol report.

Franklin is otherwise in trooper uniform. A handgun holster, a radio normally issued by the patrol and other police equipment can be seen in the photo, the report said.
Trying to be funny like Dave Chappelle, he said. If Dave were in the picture, hamming it up, maybe. But with just Officer Dimbulb it is "WTF were you thinking?"

I am old enough to remember when we had freedom of speech in this country. For those of you too young to remember, you were able to be politically incorrect and suffer ostracizing from friends and others. Although tens of thousands of our soldiers died to protect our freedoms, we have lost the freedom of speech. Much like "Red China" with their 're-education camps' of the fifties and sixties, today the United States of Amerika mandates its citizens to undergo similar re-eductaion...that's the part of the article that says, "and must attend a diversity awareness class."

You would have liked freedom of speech: you could question many things, like, oh, I don't know, say American aid to Israel...oops, to 'class' for me!
I'm a Ohio State trooper and I would just ask you to accept that this was just one (1) stupid individual! This is someone who should be looking for a new job. Please don't look at everyone in a uniform and think that we are anything like this piece of trash.

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