Two police officers are being investigated over “distressing” social media messages relating to the Shoreham airshow crash.Good lord! Well, if people will post things on public fora, then they only have themselves to bl…
Oh. Hang on!
Sussex police said a private online message was allegedly sent to a colleague about Operation Bowdell – the force’s response to the disaster.
The recipient immediately reported the incident and the two officers, who are based at Brighton and Hove, are under investigation for gross misconduct by the professional standards department.Well, that’s a little different, isn’t it?
According to the ‘Argus’, the ‘distressing message’ is a selfie. Tactless? Stupid? Maybe.
But ‘professional misconduct’..?
Deputy chief constable Olivia Pinkney said: “I cannot emphasise how upset I am that we are investigating such an allegation.
My colleagues have informed the victims’ families and apologised to them for it will undoubtedly cause them.It’ll only cause them distress because you’ve seen fit to make a public ballyhoo about it!
“They are disappointed as we all are. Such an allegation impacts on everyone who was affected by the crash and detracts from the professionalism of hundreds of colleagues who have worked so tirelessly on this operation.”What does one think detracts more from ‘professionalism’, then? The (possibly juvenile) sending of a selfie, or the hysterical overreaction and ‘stab colleague in the back to get brownie points’ behaviour of the officer who received the photo and, instead of saying ‘Yuck! Please don’t send this sort of stuff!’ immediately shopped his or her colleagues to the Thought Police?