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Tacoma PD Suspends Resigning Officer After His Last Shift For Video Criticizing City Leaders

Tacoma, WA – A Tacoma police officer who had already resigned from the police force called city leadership “spineless and tyrannical” in a video he posted after his last shift urging police in other cities not to impinge on the rights of the arriving “Freedom Convoy” (video below).

The officer, who was in uniform and sitting in a patrol vehicle, began the video he posted by introducing himself as a Tacoma police officer.

“This message is to the police in DC and other cities that have spineless and tyrannical leaders such as mine,” Tacoma Police Officer Robert Hollingsworth said in the bizarre video he posted to social media.

“Stop allowing the left and the media to use our profession for political gain,” Officer Hollingsworth continued. “The Freedom Convoy is coming, and you will be tested. If you violate people’s Constitutional rights due to the orders of some liberal tyrant, conservatives will turn on you, and they absolutely should for you doing so.”

Then the officer reminded his viewers that conservatives are the ones who have supported law enforcement, and strongly urged them not to follow the actions of Canadian police against the trucker convoy in Ottawa.

“If you’re going to stay in the [law enforcement] profession, do it honorably,” he said. “Remember your oath is ultimately to uphold and support liberty, which is the absolute foundation this country was built upon. Police each other—and now for the fun part.”

Then the officer, who had already resigned effective March 13, gave his final signoff over the air, the video showed.

“I just want to say cheers, boys, and let’s go Brandon,” Officer Hollingsworth said into his radio at the end of the video.

Officer Hollingsworth was placed on administrative leave and required to turn in his badge, credentials, and gun after city leaders found out about his farewell video, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

“The Department had no prior knowledge of the individual’s personal political views, or their intention to post those views to social media while at work,” Tacoma police said in a statement. “The opinion expressed by this employee does not reflect the opinions of the City of Tacoma Police Department.”

Officer Hollingsworth posted a second video to social media after he was suspended and said he was considering legal action against the city.

“What I’m thinking about doing is rescinding my resignation and fighting this out through the litigation process because other officers numerous times have posted – in uniform in their car – things about, I dunno, where to shoot police officers in the vest in order not to kill them,” the officer complained.

“And all I was speak about upholding liberty, holding ourselves accountable,” he continued. “I don’t understand the difference. So we’ll see.”

Watch the video the Tacoma officer posted here below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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