Ask Officer Cody Anderson, of the Bozeman, Montana Police Department. He was, after all, dumb enough to write on Facebook that he and fellow police officers should be allowed to send "stupid" people to jail.
Anderson’s Facebook postings about jailing “stupid” people and how he enjoys “messing” with the public are cited in a lawsuit filed against him and other officers last week. The suit accuses the officers of illegally entering a man’s home and unjustly arresting him in February.
Although Anderson is being disciplined for his actions, he is not being fired.
Is it stupid for a police officer, in a profession that always faces the possibility of civil rights lawsuits because it empowers its members to use deadly force and otherwise ruin the lives of citizens, to write this sort of thing on the wide open web? About the public he enjoys "messing with," the same public that might read what he posts?
I'd say so. But fortunately for Officer Anderson, stupidity isn't a crime. Perhaps he'll appreciate that, now that he's just another stupid civilian.