There’s a video online that shows an off-duty cop in Pennsylvania, in a bar, joking around with some friends. As many of us do, he is relating a story about his work. He was talking about a guy who had been shot outside a bar where a sign above the body was a beer ad with the motto “Take It To the Head.” (ok, it is funny) Somebody captured his antics and posted it on YouTube. The police officer was unaware of the taping. Now, he’s been suspended from his job. Personally, I think this is WRONG, but not for the reasons you might expect me to say. First off, when I watched the video I didn’t hear the officer mention any names. I’ve worked around cops and emergency workers, and doctors for a long time and I have to say that if we were taped joking around about what happens on our jobs, there would be no emergency staff working anywhere in this country. It’s the only thing that keeps us sane.
Here’s an off-duty cop, out on his private time, blowing off some steam about a very stressful job and some idiot basically invades his privacy by filming him against his knowledge. Does this mean we all have to walk on eggshells and never talk about our jobs because we’re being spied on, even in our private lives? I think the one who should be punished is the one who filmed and uploaded the video.