Twitter photo catches cop sleeping on the job
Most public transit riders know about Metro’s “See Something, Say Something” rule. One Massachusetts rider took the campaign a step further by tweeting out the bad behavior he encountered—with effective results.
On Tuesday evening, @I_amTheKnighT snapped a photo of an apparently sleeping officer at his desk with his head tilted back.
Now, the policeman pictured, a veteran employee of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) for 29 years, faces disciplinary action.
Deputy Police Chief Joseph O'Connor told Metro.us that the unnamed officer admitted he had fallen asleep, and will now face discipline anywhere from suspension to termination.
"We are certainly embarrassed by it and I'm sure the officer is embarrassed by it," O’Connor said. "I don’t believe it's a full reflection of the good work the officers do day in and day out."
If anything, the media and MBTA’s swift reactions have shown just how quickly Twitter spreads the news.
Fittingly, this incident occurred just three days after the MBTA released its “See Say” app for smartphones, allowing riders to quickly photograph and report problems they encounter while riding the Metro.
Photo by @I_amTheKnighT