OELWEIN, Iowa — A lewd photo of an Iowa police officer “mooning” and pointing a gun at a Hillary Clinton campaign sign surfaced online last week.
Jay Perkins, an officer in Oelwein, Iowa, is shown posing with his buttocks facing toward the sign and his gun in hand — pointed at the Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine sign.
The incident, which caused widespread backlash online, spurred an “internal review” of the matter, according to Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan.
The Des Moines Register reports the 10-year department volunteer was not on duty when the incident occurred and he was not wearing his police uniform.
“While we support the right of freedom of speech and expression, we encourage our staff to do so with professionalism,” Chief Logan said. “Jay Perkins has been a dedicated and sound volunteer for our community and this action does not reflect what we have seen from him in prior years. We take matters such as this seriously as we understand the impact that this can have on the trust that is placed upon us by the public.”
Logan said he had addressed the matter, but did not say if he had taken any disciplinary action toward the officer.