More Gates fallout.
Police are and should be held to a higher standard. But I'm pretty much an absolutist when it comes to free speech. I don't think you should be fired for what you do and say at home.
(But on the other hand I wouldn't want a nazi or klan leader to be a police officer. Even if they argue that they can keep their private life and beliefs separate from their job performance.
We all say things in private that would be inappropriate, insensitive, and offensive if taken out of context or said in public. I know I have. But this guy was an idiot. I mean, first he writes an offensive comment to a columnist and then he forwards it to all his friends in the National Guard. So it wasn't exactly private anymore. But I still think it's free speech. But then what should the police department do? Doing nothing doesn't seem like the answer, either.
Here's the story by Maria Cramer in the Boston Globe.