Is London Police Chief Brad Duncan and Mayor Matt Brown A Power Couple?

Power couples can seem like intimidating forces and can be politically influential. I was following Twitter last night and happened on a few of London Police Chief Brad Duncan’s official Tweets. Apparently he was at the London Club listening to London Mayor Matt Brown’s address. Chief Brad Duncan made several Tweets and relayed information that was flowing from Mayor Matt’s mouth.

It seemed to me that Chief Duncan had already entered retirement and was either freelancing or employed by some local news agency. I think Twitter is a great tool to disseminate information to Londoners but I don’t think it should be any chief’s beat to inform anyone regarding municipal politics, provincial politics or federal politics.

I don’t care if Chief Duncan becomes a reporter or a repairman in his retirement. He can open a Duncan Doughnuts or even pull a few in a parking lot. When Chief Duncan reaches that point he is obliged to relinquish his sidearm, uniform and official Twitter account. If it is illegal to impersonate an officer it is near being unethical for an officer to impersonate a reporter. Possibly the chiefs Tweets are fair, ethical and proper but I would think Mayor Matt Brown and Chief Duncan would be unable to deny that the optics are poor and even the edge of ethical can be problematic.

Literally and figuratively if either the mayor or the police need to be “pulled over”, being too cozy with each other could impair the process and or result in a reduced fine. Considering that Chief Duncan is retiring I do not believe his Tweets or attentions are purely self serving but he is in fact planting seeds for the London Police Force and paving a path for his successor. Further, when the police promote the mayor’s agenda he may be inclined and or obliged to promote the police agenda. Both agenda’s may be good for Londoners but each may result in an increase in taxes or personally impact Londoners in other ways. What if Mayor Matt swallows too many suds? If he and the chief are even optically close or blatantly scratching each others backs it may impair rank and file officers in their duties. Londoners deserve fairness and objectivity not objectives.

If I could make a suggestion to Chief Brad Duncan or any other officer it would be that when in uniform or being official you need to remain on the appropriate side of the police tape. I would call Chief Brad Duncan’s attention to his own official motto. “Deeds Not Words.” Londoners really don’t need another reporter and I would expect that as a chief of police Brad Duncan would have his own reports and reporting to involve himself in.

I don’t care what Chief Duncan does in his spare time but if his hobby is the mayor I would suggest creating a new Twitter account where his name is not preceded by chief and it would be as important that his accompanying picture not include his uniform, hat or any other suggestion of authority. I don’t care if Mayor Matt Brown and Chief Duncan sleep together but when they are in office or acting officially they should keep enough distance so the hanky panky doesn’t screw Londoners.

Mayor Matt Brown needs to show the residents of London his official arithmetic. How many unproven accusations equal mayoral input?

London has become a circus of self-important and at times self-serving individuals who by measure of opinion have concluded the truth or even determined a verdict regarding what resembles an uncharged foreigner. I hope American’s will respect our process of law. I really don’t care what is said about Bill Cosby but I am concerned as a citizen of the city of London. I’m concerned that the mayorship is being used to serve the mayors personal opinions.

In his haste to propel himself into the publicity parade London’s mayor now needs to stand from his seat to answer Londoners. Will Mayor Matt Brown be acting and proclaiming publicly according to his personal opinions or worse, those of someone else with regard to Canadian citizen’s who are without charge? We have seen him perform with prejudice regarding this American; can Londoners or other Canadian citizens expect the same from his term of office?

I hope all ends well with this American saga but we need for a moment to freeze the situation. Bill Cosby is currently without charge. As a Canadian citizen is it my right to be unencumbered by the mayor of any city if I am without charge? Mayor Matt Brown has started the New Year with a precedent or is it a resolution?

Mayor Matt Brown needs to show the residents of London his official arithmetic. How many unproven accusations equal mayoral input? I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman or anyone in between but I think we should all be concerned with an elected politician using his or her office to engage with the process of law using opinion. Hopefully the mayor just has an issue with Bill Cosby but what if the mayor has an issue with you? Will the mayor be making a habit of commenting on Canadian court cases and or individual citizens who are without charge? What if the accused or even the injured is not a friend of the mayor or premier? Matt Brown is just Matt Brown but when he speaks as the mayor people consider some of it official. It is dangerous to allow politicians to use their measure of press to promote personal opinions. It is not beyond the realm of possibilities that an elected official can influence public opinion. My worry is public opinion informing the process of law thereby contaminating it.

We are becoming a society of trial by Twitter.