Angered by the marriage equality ruling, Toby Will wrote an angry letter to the Stockton Record. Which wouldn’t be even remotely an issue if it weren’t signed:
Lieutenant, Stockton Police Dept.
… which is something of an issue. Apparently, Will insisted his job title was included in the signature. The Stockton Police Department issued a statement that Will doesn’t speak for the department, and they don’t seem too happy about being dragged into Will’s personal agenda:
“I think Lt. Will has put the city of Stockton and the Stockton Police Department in a very uncomfortable position in that he insisted that his title be used and going on record that he does not believe in the law,” Eggman said.
Lt. Will has the right to say what he thinks, of course. And the Stockton Police Department also has the right to not want to be associated with that statement. In fact, most organizations have a policy on when or if their members should be speaking on their behalf… especially on issues like this which are completely outside their purview. So the SPD would likely have a policy already in place under which it would be appropriate to fire Lt. Will. It’s probably not the best outcome, though, because that would be exactly what he wants.
There’s a growing trend of going fishing for persecution, and Will’s acknowledgement in his original letter, perhaps expectantly, that he could be fired for the statement certainly makes it look like that’s what he’s doing here.