Law professor explains freedom of speech guidelines for peace officers
BCSO deputy on administrative leave after making troubling Facebook post about riots, Salazar saysReamey said the boundaries were crossed when the deputy made the inflammatory post. You know that as a peace officer, you're always going to be identified in that role, Reamey said. A peace officer would not be justified in using deadly force to stop somebody, for example, from looting or from committing a theft or from participating in a riot, Reamey said. On the other hand, peace officers must also exercise restraint when civilians provoke them verbally, no matter how offensive the statement, Reamey said. Verbal provocation is never a justification for the use of either deadly force or non-deadly force, he said.