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    Iowa Trooper Suspended for Obama Email

    Off duty. On your own time and computer equipment. Suspended for forwarding a funny email. I find this a bit chilling actually.

    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.
    I liked these comments, this dude's fired up!

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    Ridiculous! Before I clicked the link I knew it had to be from The Smoking Gun. Hell, I even forwarded the same link. Maybe the Iowa State Patrol would like to call my chief. I'd welcome it, but not before they kissed my ass.

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    Was this his own email account or stuff that was forwarded from a work account?
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    I can't believe the officer apologized. I sure as hell wouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    I can't believe the officer apologized. I sure as hell wouldn't.
    Three years from retirement, with a mortgage and kids to put through college?

    I bet you would, even if it wasn't right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    I can't believe the officer apologized. I sure as hell wouldn't.

    +1

    That's ridiculous

    I'm shocked he apologized.
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    Did it come from his take-home computer maybe?? Or perhaps he used his work email addy? Regardless of wrong or right (I think it's absolutely ridiculous) there are strict things we can and cannot do with our work equipment and emails as anything sent out is public record and always subject to scrutiny.
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    Doesn't make sense unless he used a government account or computer... Rather than apologize, I'd be talking to the meanest, most unethical lawyer I could find. If he did use a government acct or computer, he should have known better and is screwed.
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    BULLSHIT,

    I can see why he retracted but come on, you should see all the shit e-mails that get forwarded these days and this is considered bad.

    Hell, I got ones of peoples heads being splattered in Irag, I have ones of two women and a cup doing something really bad..... WTF
    Somebody Please, what the hell is that smell?

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    Maybe the Trooper's boss was related to someone in the photos.....LOL. That is the only thing I could think of that would have caused this kind of punishment.
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    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

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    That is BS
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    I got the same one several times but I did not forward it, as I have not forwarded a ton of such emails. Just too much of a chance for things such as what happened to the trooper to happen.

    Regarding his apology, you would be surprised what you would do when you are close to retirement. You see that light at the end of the tunnel and you start getting real careful.
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    If it were JM or SP I promise you it would be on the communist news network and the 5 o' clock news would be laughing laughing laughing. Equality??

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    I found an email address for ISP GHQ if you care to drop them a line.ispinfo@dps.state.ia.us
    Not sure who reads the emails but support for one of our own cannot hurt.

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    Now it's been posted on here..........we're all going to be suspended now!!!!!!!!!!
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    Anyone have an article on this that says if he used a dept computer or account, or if one of the accounts he forwarded it to was a dept account? If so, then he f-ed up. If not, he should have fought this one because it's B.S. You cannot OFFICIALLY punish an employee for their political beliefs/expressions. The dept. official even declared the email was political. That's lawsuit material. On the other hand, we all know that it happens unofficially all the time, since depts. are so political. But to officially punish the Sgt. if the Sgt. forwarded this email on his own computer, on his own time, and didn't send it to any dept. email address is flat out wrong. The only way I see something that was completely disconnected to the dept. being punishable like this would be if the content was in the arena of the KKK case posted elsewhere on here, or other content that so brings a bad light to the dept. that they have to do something. This email doesn't approach that at all.
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    Common sense tells me he must have used something official to send that. It just doesn't make any sense to me that they would even try to go after him for doing that on his personal computer and email account. And the fact he is immediately so contrite makes me think he knew he stepped on his genitalia.

    People get so used to using agency/company email for personal stuff that they forget it can be monitored. My wife works for the state and I'm constantly reminding her to be careful what she uses her state computer for. Even accessing her personal email acct using her work computer could bring repercussions.

    I've received and sent on that email, I thought it was funny. But even if I got an email like that on a work computer, I'd hit delete immediately. Some potential problems are just too obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaFuzz View Post
    Now it's been posted on here..........we're all going to be suspended now!!!!!!!!!!

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    Unbelievable.
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