Thursday, September 02, 2004

Gag Orders for Men and Women in Blue

Being 'open' is a value that matters greatly. I hate to witness "closed society" methods.

The ACLU has threatened to sue Pittsburgh's police chief if he doesn't lift rules restricting the free speech rights of city officers. Officers can't speak to the media after disciplinary action, even after an internal investigation is finished. Only police management can address discipline.

The rules also bar officers or other employees from publicly criticizing superior officers or fellow employees and require officers or other employees to clear any critical comments through the chief's office.

The policy is vague, confusing and has a chilling effect on speech. Meanwhile, this blog is open to postings, even unsigned ones.

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