Iowa Trooper Suspended For Obama E-Mail
OMAHA, Neb. -- An Iowa State trooper who was investigated after it was shown that he forwarded an e-mail showing mug shots of people wearing Obama t-shirts has been suspended for 30 days.
Sgt. Rodney Hicok was at home and off-duty when he forwarded the e-mails, said an official with the Iowa Department of Public Safety Bureau and Professional Standards.
The e-mail made disparaging remarks about 15 people in the photos and referred to Obama as having "quite a fan base."
Hicok was not making a racial statement, the official said, but, rather, a political statement.
In a statement, Hicok said, "I am deeply sorry for my actions … I apologize to anyone this e-mail may have offended, as well as my family, citizens in my community and Iowa taxpayers."
Hicok ended his statement by saying he guaranteed "nothing like this will ever happen again."
"I regret what happened and wish I could take it back," Hicok said in the statement.
He violated the department's policy and his permanent file will reflect the suspension, the official said.
The 27-year veteran, who has no prior offense on his record, will also attend DPS training on policies and procedures.