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Washington State Pushes Bill To Force All Police To Give Up Personal Social Media Accounts On Demand

Washington State Pushes Bill To Force All Police To Give Up Personal Social Media Accounts On Demand

Washington state law enforcement officers are now required to hand over their personal social media accounts upon request or risk decertification under new substitutions in Democratic Senate Bill 5051.

“I further consent to and agree to facilitate a review of any of my social media accounts immediately upon a request by a representative of the Commission. I understand that failure to facilitate such a review when requested may result in decertification action,” the declaration states.

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What is of interest with this? Washington passed two laws that restricted employers from accessing personal social network accounts: RCW 49.44.200 and 49.44.205. Yet, for some odd reason, the Democrats there feel this should apply to private businesses and not to them.

As a condition of keeping employment under RCW 43.101.095, law enforcement officers are forced to consent to a review of all personal social media accounts immediately at the request of a representative of the Commission. Failure to comply with the Commission’s requests may result in decertification.

Due to the substitute in SB 5051, when law enforcement officers apply for certification to the Commission, the application states that officers must consent to release all personnel files, including access to their social media accounts. “I hereby authorize, and consent to, the release of my personnel files, including disciplinary, termination, civil or criminal investigation, or other records of information that are directly related to any certification or decertification matter before the Commission.”

“I further consent to and agree to facilitate a review of any of my social media accounts immediately upon a request by a representative of the Commission. I understand that failure to facilitate such a review when requested may result in decertification action,” the declaration states.

In addition, the substitute in Senate Bill 5051 blocks police unions from fighting against the requirements on behalf of the officers. “The release of information may not be delayed, limited, or precluded by any agreement or contract between the officer, or the officer’s union, and the entity responsible for the records or information,” SB 5051 states.

However, the substitute states that law enforcement officers are not required to provide the Commission with their login information.

The consent part is what Washington State uses to sidestep the right to privacy but make no mistake, this is coercion, nothing more, “consent to be searched or we will not recertify you as a peace office!”

This declaration is yet another example of state government officials directly impeding the constitutional rights of law enforcement officers in the state of Washington.

The Post Millennial reported that Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability (OPA) forced six Seattle police officers to turn over phone data, personal documents, and bank statements after investigating their attendance at the Jan. 6 Trump rally in DC.

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In addition, Washington state legislators passed a series of police reform bills that recently went into effect, significantly limiting the level of service law enforcement officers provide to the public.

This is part of why they wanted this to come into effect; if you support Trump, you should have no rights, more specifically, the right to privacy.

We are at a tipping point; either we stand up against this tyranny from the left or allow them to run over our constitutional rights.

This is a means by the left to set up the police force as their arm of enforcement, nothing more, they desire, even if it means throwing out privacy rights to root out any undesirable that dared to support Trump. One has to wonder, how long until this reaches the rest of the states?

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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