John White of San Diego, California is suing the City of Lancaster and five police officers for monetary damages in excess of $150,000 in a lawsuit filed in Federal Court on September 9th.
He is represented by Lancaster Attorney Kevin C. Allen of the law firm of Crystle-Allen Law, LLC. The “Factual Allegations” portion of the lawsuit is below.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
The second new policy covered by Mayor Sorace was a new “Code of Conduct” and she specifically mentioned officers during her report to council last night. That may be because the day before, on September 9th, the above federal law suit was filed.
The factual allegations from the lawsuit and more information will follow shortly.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
** Part of Mayor Sorace’s Report of the Mayor to city council last night is below. I cannot find the new social media policy on the city’s website and will follow-up to print it in full.
On the internal front – I wanted to just follow-up with council to let you know that we recently completed a conversation with each of our three labor unions relating to two new city policies.
The first of these policies is a social media policy. This was developed because of the city’s use of various social media platforms which has become crucial to how we communicate with residents, businesses and visitors to the city. This policy provides rules and guidance for the creation and management and use of social media platforms by all city departments and employees. It also guides the personal use of non-city social media platforms by city employees.
Personal use of social media by city employees is generally protected by the First Amendment, of course, and for many city employees by certain rights afforded to union members.
That said, there are certain legal, ethical and common sense matters that have to be followed which are captured in this language for the policy and I am just going to read you one quick section:
“The city of Lancaster recognizes that these types of tools can sometimes blur the line between professional and personal lives and interactions. Therefore, employees are reminded that as representatives of the city of Lancaster, their office and their department, the rules and guidelines of this policy must be taken into consideration when participating on social media platforms and particularly when identifying themselves as employees of the city of Lancaster or when the context might lead to that conclusion.
By exercising discretion and common sense when applying social media for professional and personal purposes, employees will help assure that they do not inadvertently compromise applicable professional, legal or ethical standards.”
* I would like to just say no, no and no to this LNP story/video! Why is this a lead story? I don’t want to see two copperheads mating! I don’t want to see two copperheads period! Are the LNP editors nuts? I’m afraid to go to their home page now! I am not a “reptile fan!”
JOY & MAJOR
It was a joy filled city council meeting last night as Lancaster was named a Welcoming City; council recognized Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), and the Neighborhood Leadership Academy celebrated their graduation (click here).
There were also major financial decisions voted on and in the report of the Mayor she mentioned two new city policies for employees – a social media policy covering both business and personal use of social media platforms and a code of conduct for employees.
Please check back later today.