A New Orleans police officer has resigned after being suspended for posting a comment on a local television station's website about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in which he suggested the Florida teen died like a "thug."
Jason Giroir used his full name and identified himself as a New Orleans Police Department employee when he wrote, "Act like a thug die like one!" in response to a WWL-TV article about a rally supporting Martin.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas suspended Giroir indefinitely without pay Monday. On Tuesday, Giroir resigned after being told allegations against him had been sustained and a hearing to begin his termination was in motion.
As a cop, Giroir probably knows a lot about thugs.
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The most common comment I received to this post is “Giroir was stupid for saying what he thought about Trayvon, using his real name, and including the name of his employer.” And yes, of course, he was.
The second most common comment is “You have a constitutional right to free speech, but you don’t have a constitutional right to a job.” I think this comment is both too annoyingly smug while at the same time too simplistic.
Firstly, Giroir works for the police which is a government agency, so his employer does owe him a certain amount of constitutional rights.
Secondly, Congress has passed a lot of laws which give employees rights, with respect to their employers, that are equivalent to specific constitutional rights. For example, employers are not allowed to fire employees for their religious beliefs, or their race. So this means you cannot fire someone for saying “Allah is great” but you can fire them for saying “George Zimmerman is great.” It’s easy to see why people could get confused.
I’m sure the police department could come up with a rational reason for why it was “necessary” to fire Giroir. They might argue that the perception that the department is racist would hamper their ability to police the community.
Remember that Giroir would also be fired for saying that blacks are, on average, less intelligent than whites, which is a true scientific statement. It’s important for those of us in the HBD blogging community to support an absolute freedom of speech, because we’re next in the targets of the PC enforcers.
The importance of this post, however, is to remind people that we do not live in “free” country. If you go through life thinking that you live in a police state, one in which the police have absolute authority and you can be punished for saying anything critical of the majority beliefs, then you will be a lot more likely to avoid trouble and live a happy and successful life.
I’m sympathetic to Giroir because I’m as stupid as he is; I keep this blog.
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Because it’s impossible to have a normal life without a job, this means that your right to non-pseudonymous “free speech” is limited to saying what television shows, movies and musical groups you like (so long as this doesn’t include any racist media). You’re not truly free to express minority political views.
Here’s a link to a more detailed story which may change your mind. This additional information makes Giroir seem much less sympathetic and a lot more “boneheaded” to quote his own lawyer. The implied threat of death by a police officer is indeed inappropriate behavior.
This information should have been in the CBS news story—not reporting the full context of what happened simply misinforms the public. I guess the liberal moron at some news agency figured that merely expressing his dislike of Trayvon was so damning that there was no need to include any additional context. Or, maybe there was the more sinister goal of trying to scare people into not saying anything negative about Trayvon.