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Is there police shaming going on in the United States of America? That seems to be the case in one Connecticut city. Who is responsible for the police shaming and why might this be happening? Listen in.

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From www.themaven.net:

The Bridgeport police chief has prohibited his police officers from putting the word “POLICE” on their uniforms.
Bridgeport, CT ? The Bridgeport police chief has forbidden the city’s police officers from wearing uniforms with the word “POLICE” written on their clothing.

Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez sent out a memorandum to his department on Nov. 13 forbidding the Bridgeport cops from advertising their profession on their clothing, according to the Connecticut Post.

“Members of Service [officers] are reminded that any wearing of ‘POLICE’ on department uniforms other than road job outerwear is prohibited. Supervisors will be held accountable for failing to enforce and abide by this directive,” Chief Perez wrote in the memo.

Bridgeport Police Sergeant Chris Robinson fired back an email to the chief that quickly circulated around the entire police department, and was shared with the Post. He has since been suspended.

“This order compromises everyone’s safety!!!!” Sgt. Robinson said in his email. “It is an order that can get an officer hurt or killed!”

Sgt. Robinson offered four scenarios where officers could benefit from clothing with reflective letters, all occurring at night: Working at the scene of a motor vehicle accident; chasing a suspect; responding to a burglary; and trying to break up a street fight, according to the Post.

Police officers weren’t the only ones upset about the chief’s memorandum.

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From www.ctpost.com:

A veteran police officer who made national news when he broke down last year on a television program as he described going to the scene of an unresponsive toddler has been suspended for criticizing a uniform directive by the chief.

Police Chief Armando Perez confirmed Tuesday that he has put Sgt. Chris Robinson on paid suspension.

“He put out an email to the entire Police Department criticizing a directive I put out so I have suspended him for a while so that he can think about it,” Perez said.

“My door is always open and he could have come to me to discuss the situation privately but instead he put out the email and I can’t have that. That’s not the way a Police Department is going to be run.”

The chief ordered that the word “Police” be removed from the back of the blue windbreaker-style jackets police officers wear.

In the email Robinson sent out, he criticized the directive contending it would make officers less visible when they went out in public.

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From abcnews.go.com:

A man accidentally shot himself and his wife in their Tennessee church after he had taken his gun out during a discussion about weapons in places of worship, police said.

The man, 81, and his wife, 80, both suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon as members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains — about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville — were gathered at the church for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch, Tellico Plains Police Department Chief Russ Parks told ABC News.

The church members were discussing weapons in places of worship on the heels of the shooting at a Texas church earlier this month that killed over two dozen people, Parks said, and “one of the gentlemen said, ‘Well, I take my gun with me everywhere.'”

The 81-year-old man took his handgun out of his pocket, removed the magazine, cleared the weapon and handed it to other churchgoers who wanted to see it, Parks said.

He then took his weapon back, placed the magazine back in it, put the gun back in his holster and placed it in his pocket, Parks said.

When another man came over and asked to see the weapon, the man pulled his gun back out of his pocket and accidentally hit the trigger, firing one round, Parks said.

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