Target: Seattle Police Department Interim Chief Harry Bailey
Goal: Fire detective for posting nude photos of his ex-lover online, violating the law and her right to privacy
Police officers are supposed to uphold the law, not violate it. Yet Seattle Police Detective David Blackmer violated the law when he posted nude photos and even a sexually explicit video of an ex-lover online. He posted the photos to punish her for putting an end to their relationship. He was found guilty of cyberstalking and domestic violence, which resulted in a 90 day jail sentence. This is not enough. For his crimes, Detective David Blackmer should be fired.
Following his arrest, Detective David Blackmer was put on paid administrative leave. He is still on paid leave. This is unacceptable. Blackmer committed an atrocious crime against this woman, who was only trying to do the right thing by ending their relationship. After all, Detective David Blackmer is married. But when his ex-lover told his wife about the affair, Blackmer snapped and promised to get his revenge.
By promising to hurt someone for daring to defy him, Blackmer should have been put on suspension. But for actually following through with it and posting damaging photos online, Blackmer should not just be put on leave. This behavior is unacceptable. The Seattle Police Department needs to send a message to the people it protects that it does not support behavior like this. Detective David Blackmer needs to be fired immediately.
Dear Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey,
Despite being married and the father of two children, Seattle Police Detective David Blackmer had an extramarital affair with a woman. When she tried to end it, Blackmer was unhappy and he swore to get revenge on her. And he did. He posted sexually explicit photos and videos online. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable for anyone, but especially someone who is employed by the Seattle Police Department.
In order to do their job well, police officers need to be respected. But they will not be respected if people think that they are being held to a different standard than other people. If anyone else posted sexually explicit photos and videos online of an ex-lover when they tried to end their relationship, they would not just be arrested and thrown in jail for a few months. They would be fired.
That is what needs to happen to Seattle Police Detective David Blackmer; he needs to be fired for his actions. Instead, he is still being allowed to draw his six-figure salary, as if he did not just ruin a woman’s life. He did not just post photos and videos online, after all. He also got into a physical altercation with her when she tried to end their relationship. For this gross abuse of power, he needs to be fired immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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