How many officers (or military folks) say, “I fought so you can have these freedoms?” I’ve probably heard that thousands of times and mostly as a response to rhetoric that counters the status quo. Usually when this statement arises, is when the issue is related to freedom of speech. While most of us understand that actions (even speaking) can have consequences, meaning you have the freedom to say what you want but other people also have the freedom to react to your statements, it’s not often that simply speaking your mind brings to fruition any life changing reaction. Of course athletes, politicians and other folks have faced public pressure due to some idiotic statements, but most of that is also PR related – the agenda being to attack the person, not so much what they said. As Leslie Anderson, a New Jersey Law Clerk, is finding out after she stated her views about a State Trooper who died in a car accident while on duty. According to BuzzPo:
New Jersey law clerk Leslie Anderson is a real piece of work. She decided to bash a police officer on social media after he was tragically killed earlier this month in a car accident.
Trooper Anthony Raspa struck a deer with his police cruiser after it ran into his path, causing the vehicle to veer off the road. According to the Conservative Tribune, the 24-year-old’s cruiser careened into a wooded area and Raspa did not survive injuries sustained at the scene of the crash.
While his family was grieving and attempting to pick up the pieces after his untimely death, Anderson decided to tear him down in a manner which only someone who is completely self-absorbed could.
“Not that sad, and certainly not ‘tragic,’” she wrote via Facebook. “Troopers were probably traveling at a dangerously high speed as per usual. Totally preventable. At least they didn’t take any of the citizens they are sworn to serve and protect out with them.”
“Nonetheless, I agree that it is sad and heart wrenching for the family members left to suffer the consequences of the Trooper’s recklessness — especially for the deer family who lost a mommy or daddy or baby deer.”
As I stated above, people can say what they want, but at times what you say can come back to bite you. Yet, when you read the headline at BuzzPo, you’d think this woman had actually said much worse. IMO, she’s not too far off, and the statistics back her point. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial fund, traffic accidents are the leading cause of police officer fatalities- see here. I’m sure most officers who die in car accidents aren’t in the pursuit of a dangerous suspect either. Or it could be that officers are more likely to get in accidents because they spend more time in their cars and more time (than the average person) driving dangerously.
Regardless of the reason(s) officers get into traffic accidents, the point of the matter is, would Leslie Anderson be losing her job if she didn’t work for the government as well? Is there an unspoken point that those whom work for the state of New Jersey are trying to make with Leslie? What she said about the accident has some statistical backing, and though it might have been a bit ‘heartless’, it’s still her right to express her thoughts. I know that if I were her employer I wouldn’t care that she said this on her own time and Facebook page. Yet, it seems those who work for the STATE want to send a message that if you disrespect the state, even in speak, you will be punished.
So what do you think? Should Leslie lose her job for stating her thoughts about a fatal car accident? The BuzzPo article asked that its readers share their article if you feel she should be fired, and over 11,000 people have. So I’m asking you to share this article if you feel she shouldn’t be fired (though I think she’ll be better off working in the private sector).