Controversy Over Oelwein Police Officer’s Facebook Photo

There is some controversy over a photo posted on a local police officer’s Facebook account.

Jay Perkins, a reserve officer with the Oelwein Police Department, posted a picture of himself, which makes it appear that he is relieving himself on a Clinton/Kaine political yard sign. Perkins had his pants pulled down, and also appeared to have a gun in one hand, pointed at the sign. The reserve officer was not wearing his uniform, and was not on duty at the time. The photo was posted on his Facebook page last week, but taken down a short time later.

Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan says officers do have the freedom of expression and speech, but they are also urged to use professional behavior, even when they are not in uniform. He says Perkins has been a dedicated officer, and the incident does not reflect what the department has witnessed in recent years.

 

(story courtesy of Radio Iowa)