There's a lot of bitching and moaning at Domelights' message boards about the suit and the assault on free speech. And being free speech fans around here, normally we'd be inclined to agree. Except for one thing.
From the Inquirer:
An association of black police officers sued the Philadelphia Police Department in federal court yesterday for allowing its officers to post “blatantly racist, anti-minority, disgusting and offensive” content on a popular website devoted to law enforcement topics.
The suit says that domelights.com, which bills itself as “the voice of the good guys,” was founded and is moderated by an active duty Philadelphia police sergeant who uses the name “McQ” in his postings.
The league said that white police officers post and moderate the site while on duty, sometimes in front of black officers.
There's a lot of bitching and moaning at Domelights' message boards about the suit and the assault on free speech. And being free speech fans around here, normally we'd be inclined to agree. Except. If white officers really are using taxpayer-funded time to post rants to Domelights -- well, they don't have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights at all time when they're on the job. And if the brass hasn't been, um, policing this situation, well, it's about time they start.
Anyhow, we'll leave you with some "voices of the good guys" at Domelights responding to the suit:
1ST I.D. COP Today, 01:06 PM
Don't forget, you only have a freedom of speech if you dont offend anyone that isnt a white, male heterosexual christian. Bilal can kiss my ass. Read the 1st Ammendment sweetheart!
CODE3 Today, 01:08 PM
I'd say Fock her, but I wouldn't wish that on anyone, even enlightened.
1ST I.D. COP Today, 01:19 PM
I just watched the news clip on fox's website. It says that the lawsuit states that this speech isnt protected by the First Ammendment. If thats so scumbags like the KKK, black Panthers, Aryan Nation, Michael Crook,MSNBC (sorry. Couldnt resist!) etc. would have never existed. How is what we say here NOT protected? And if for some unknown reason the GCL wins, who gets the money? Does every black cop in the PPD get a cut of that? All this does is get the GCL more free publicity from the worthless media in this city.
CODE3 Today, 01:43 PM
The only victim here is McQ. Let's not forget that. He is a victim of a rabid whore* who will say and do anything to get her butt-ugly face onto my television.
FirePoliceToday, 02:00 PM
If this lawsuit is successful then I want to see every minority RUN to the shady lawyer of their choice and sue the KKK, nazi party and every other hate group for offending material.
Yes some of the banter on this site can get testy, but when a cop/fireman/emt is on the street and needs help, Everyone comes to help them. Regarless of color. I have never read a post on this site that says don't help minorities.
"This is in NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM an admission of liability or wrongdoing on my part. In fact, I CATEGORICALLY deny any wrongdoing on my part. I did not make racist posts. I did not maintain the website on city time/equipment. I did not create a hostile environment in my workplace via the website or any other means."
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