April 10, 2015

Question of the Day: Should police be allowed to post selfies in uniform?

Rebel Staff

A Toronto police officer is under fire for posting pictures of himself on Instagram, showing him in uniform and holding weapons.

We hit the streets to see if you think officers should be allow to openly share their police work this way, and if the photos promote violence.

Was this harmless fun or irresponsible?

Have your say in the comments!

(Photo: Instagram)


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commented 2015-04-13 17:07:50 -0400
I have often wanted to make a YOUTUBE clip of me in a balaclava (to hide my identity) firing off a clip from an AK-47 (can’t get one legally in Canada they are prohibited) And in an angry snarl yell…

commented 2015-04-13 00:25:47 -0400
Do we know if this action was authorized by the Toronto police? Many law enforcement organizations across the country have taken to social media. Certain members are appointed as representatives and are authorized to post pictures and comments. One Edmonton Police Service member even had a camera on his carbine and posted the pictures. While I personally would not do it, I do not see anything wrong with this pic. You can’t even see what he’s pointing it at, so basically it is just a picture of a policeman with a shotgun in his shoulder
commented 2015-04-12 01:06:54 -0400
Oh dear… A police officer showing himself in action. Serving and protecting with his tools of the trade. If a chef would do the same with his cutting tools, where would be the outrage? I think that people who are offended by this policeman are really stupid. Soon they’ll be asking police to be unarmed? Give me a break!!!
commented 2015-04-11 14:56:14 -0400
So how many people would have conniptions, coronaries, and similar emotional overreactions if I posed in out-of-date camo, holding and aiming my M1 Thompson Airsoft submachine gun? (or (even worse!) actually FIRING it??) Or, I could go completely overboard and look absolutely sinister in my riding leathers, beanie helmet, shades, scrub beard, and bandana, all while sitting astride my Harley… (wait a minute, I’ve already done that…)

Big whoop-te-do…
commented 2015-04-11 12:42:28 -0400
Glorified justice maybe, but it’s not glorified violence
commented 2015-04-11 10:26:00 -0400
“If he likes to portray himself with this macho, tough guy image, I don’t think that’s the best person for police work. "
MAURICE POTVIN. Well, if it wasn’t for the fact that such a large chunk of our younger population was obsessed with image and exposure, I’d agree. Let’s put it this way, since the advent of facebook and other social media avenues, it seems that everyone is tripping over each other to win some kind of notoriety sweepstakes. Besides, how could anyone say that the individual image this guy is self-projecting is much different from the “official” image of police forces as presented in the media? I just shake my head at all of it.
commented 2015-04-11 08:45:30 -0400
Wow! are we becoming so controlled, yes they should be able to. BUT as Glenn Craig mentions, before posting think of your security and possible consequences.
commented 2015-04-11 04:15:01 -0400
I am a member of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association and a competition target shooter. I have been photographed while competing and that appeared in local papers but I never pose for a photo with a gun. I would never post such a photo on social media. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing so…I just don’t think it is wise or prudent to give the whiners something to whine about.
commented 2015-04-10 19:57:46 -0400
I don’t think it does anything one way or the other, to either promote violence or curtail it. I think it says way more about him than anything else. If he likes to portray himself with this macho, tough guy image, I don’t think that’s the best person for police work. Just my opinion. With so many questionable police incidents over the past several years, going back at least to the Robert Dziekański incident, the police don’t need any more bad press. The only way to avoid that is for them to stop behaving badly, and when we’re talking about behaving badly, appearance counts.
commented 2015-04-10 18:39:11 -0400
Really, this is an issue? No, I really don’t think we need “just one more regulation”.
commented 2015-04-10 18:29:50 -0400
What a non-event. Gee, a cop holding a firearm. What’s next? A masked surgeon holding a scalpel? Tools of the trade people. Move along, nothing to see here.
commented 2015-04-10 17:54:58 -0400
Men become cops to play with guns, and get girls, this was his way of doing both at the same time. A government employee multitasking should get an award in my books !
commented 2015-04-10 17:02:13 -0400
Unless they are doing something irresponsible who cares. Guns are part of their jobs and therefore part of their lives, it’s just a “me at work, me training, see the stance/grip/positioning of the weapon” shot – these folks spend lots of hours outside of work training to protect us, unless it’s illegal or irresponsible leave them alone.
commented 2015-04-10 16:31:07 -0400
I don’t care. A cop holding a gun. Gee, what a shocker!!

Those FB selfies RCMP Corporal Brown posted of himself in uniform with his RCMP booted foot on top of a womans’s head and his gun in her mouth only really appealed to a small anti-feminist, misogynist and sadistic market, so probably not so wise.

Although honestly, I want to know just which cops are into sexual bondage and sadism.
commented 2015-04-10 16:19:10 -0400
It wasn’t illegal. We live in a free country. People should see more police holding weapons, it might discourage unlawful behaviour. He was just holding a weapon, more than likely at a shooting range from the background. What exactly is the harm being done here? I don’t see it.