Wednesday, May 27, 2015

There's no privacy anymore

People should be allowed to say what they want in private conversations but text messages and emails are no longer private -- as the guys below found out.  Most whites have been browbeaten  into not saying publicly what they think about blacks and Hispanics but it's getting to the point where people cannot say disapproved things even in private

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr will recommend that six officers under his command be fired after prosecutors said they exchanged racist and homophobic text messages, police officials told BuzzFeed News.

Another two officers have resigned as of Friday afternoon, said Officer Albie Esparza, of the San Francisco Police Department.
The texts, uncovered during a federal criminal investigation of a lieutenant in the San Francisco Police Department, has sparked a review of more than 3,000 criminal cases handled by officers linked to the messages, officials said.

Fourteen officers in total are believed to have exchanged the texts. All were removed from “public contact” duties when Chief Suhr was made aware of the investigation, Esparaza told BuzzFeed News.
The San Francisco Police Department is also conducting its own investigation of the cases handled by the police officers, Esparza said.


The actual texts at issue are here

In Nazi times, expressing "incorrect" views in Germany was very dangerous so German anti-Nazis consoled themselves with the saying that Die Gedanken sind frei (Thoughts are free).  America is getting pretty close to the same situation.

Die Gedanken sind frei is actually an ancient German song, often sung by students.  See below:


Anonymous said...

If I were him and his lawyer I would be suing the Prosecutors for violation his Privacy. Since those texts came from a PRIVATE cell phone and were UNRELATED to the case in point the Prosecutor had a responsibility to keep them private.

The warrants used to collect that information should have been narrow enough that the prosecutor should not have been allowed to collect those specific messages. It is not valid for a prosecutor to be able to air your dirty laundry to the public unless that is related to the case in question but since when does being a bigot have anything to do with being a fraud?

Bird of Paradise said...

The police chief should resign just another little hitler in the making

Anonymous said...

So much for 1st and 4th Amendment rights.

Anonymous said...

Jonn should know better than to post this one.

Former officer Furminger was convicted and wanted to be released on bail pending his appeal. He made his moral character and professionalism a part of his application for bond. The government had his phone where he and other officers made comments that bring into question the other officers' ability to do the job within the law and within the standards of the job.

There is no Fourth Amendment violation because they don't own the text records - the carrier does. Furthermore, the texts are sitting on Furminger's phone which was gotten with a legal warrant.

There is no First Amendment violation because the government is not censoring any of the officers, but rather saying that their words and actions have compromised their ability to do the job.

The prosecutor had no "responsibility to keep [the texts]" private as they are part of a case which makes them subject to California's version of Freedom of Information laws.

There is nothing to see here on the Free Speech front other than officers who cannot be trusted to follow the law being relieved of their duties.