Chicago, IL—Let me begin by saying I have put the BGA on the spot here. I’ve asked them some tough questions about their investigation of Detective ShavedLongcock's Blog and they have at least responded. I’m far from satisfied that I have gotten my questions answered but frankly I did not expect much.
BGA spokesman Robert Herguth informed CrimefileNews that their organization had concerns that a public employee may be using taxpayer’s time and resources to publish what they believe to be a racist blog.
In fairness let me agree here in that this is a legitimate question because personal blogging on government time would be an abuse of public money.
I specifically questioned who or what motivated their investigation of Detective ShavedLongcock and Herguth declined to provide that information. Additionally I asked Herguth if he could cite any actual passage or two that suggested that African-Americans were inferior or deserved fewer rights that others. Again he declined that opportunity.
Most importantly here Mr. Herguth told me he was unaware that the Chicago Police Department had long ago blocked access of the department’s computers to every police related blogger that is critical of the administration including mine. Saying that, the stated concerns of the BGA should end immediately unless they have some additional agenda
What I find interesting here is that the BGA is a private organization conducting the investigation rather than the police department. The department may find stepping on their officer’s First Amendment Rights can be very expensive. I have to wonder if perhaps the BGA is somehow working as an agent for the city?
One thing for sure is that this story has already taken on a life of its own because anytime efforts are made to chill the rights of Americans to think, speak or publish it’s everyone’s business.
Let me make it clear that the BGA can investigate and publish what they please unless and until they commit some actionable offense. I’d like to think that they are above that sort of thing.
I can’t help but bang my head against the wall here that the BGA is not out asking about the $1,000.000.00 taxpayer grant to felons and thugs connected to a group called Ceasefire. Instead they are going after some little guy writing controversial crap from his laptop.
I will stay on that I’m always looking for information and tips about any efforts to silence my fellow bloggers. My cop friends all like to say they all hate the ACLU, that is until they need them.