Such cop things are considered a personnel matter, and whatever punishments were leveled upon the heads of the officers involved remain a big secret. Under the law they have rights that you and I do not have. Must be nice. But action was taken, and we haven't seen any political material with Sierra Madre cop pictures included ever since.
Today we are living in the year 2018, and apparently such lessons have yet to be learned in the City of Arcadia. We are now bearing witness to something the clearly out of touch Bulldozer Bob Harbicht proudly plastered all over his Facebook page. It is definitely a legal no-no, and I suspect all involved will be called out on it quite soon. As they should be. Somebody has to keep an eye on these characters.
Posted on Bob’s Facebook page is a stunning example of what not to do during a campaign. Note the smiling faces of all those involved. While it is good to be confident, officers also need to understand the laws. Isn't that why they are being paid so much?
Someone must have been on duty and thought all he would need to do is just change his shirt and everything would be good to go. Pictured second from the left is Detective Ken "Schoolboy" Lee, newly elected president of the Arcadia Police Officer’s Association. In this photo, posted proudly on Harbicht’s Facebook page as an emblem of honor, is the police badge of Ken Lee. It symbolizes the legal authority vested upon him by the City of Arcadia. Who wouldn’t follow the command of an armed police detective when confronted by this badge of authority? God help you if you don't.
Here is what our State of California says about an officer wearing uniform identifiers such as his cop badge while posing in a political photo like the one above (link).
It probably doesn't help the cause of the officers pictured above that they are also standing right there in front of the Arcadia Police Department building, either. This too is a definite legal wrong (link).
I think all of the folks in Harbicht's Facebook picture need to take that (b) part very seriously. I'm pretty certain that the taxpayers of Arcadia didn't pay for that building so it could be used as a gratuitous campaign prop for the likes of Bulldozer Bob and Cheap Trick Chandler.
There is also this Federal law known as the Hatch Act. It too frowns upon the kinds of shenanigans we are discussing today. The Fraternal Order of Police has put together an excellent review of the Hatch Act, which you can check out here. But for those of us who like to get straight to the point, here's some of the special spice.
I kind of like this one in particular:
"Use any official authority for influence for political purposes, including using the officer’s official title or authority to coerce individuals to participate in political activity."
I think that when poor old Bob Harbicht identified the posing officers in this Facebook political picture by their official titles, he immediately condemned them to long hours of sitting with the City Attorney and being asked if they need to have their fool heads examined.
You know who enforces the Hatch Act, right? That would be the FBI. An agency that certainly knows its way around Arcadia. Especially after all of that Gem Coins stuff a couple years back.
And speaking of Gem Coins ...
Look at who has given his lawn sign endorsement to Roger Chandler. None other than disgraced former Arcadia Mayor John Wuo himself!
I have got to get real with you for a second, Arcadia. Aren't you sick to death of these shady pols yet? Isn't it time to fire Bulldozer and Cheap Trick, once and for all?