With President Donald Trump holding a rally in two days in Bossier City, members of local police and fire departments questioned if they could attend if they’re off-duty. But they’ve received conflicting answers.
Employees are being told two different things from two different state offices, which is putting their supervisors in a sticky situation. While one state lawmaker is looking to change that.
The issue of whether municipal police and fire employees can attend President Trump’s rally off-duty and in plain clothing started last week. The Office of State Examiner Fire and Police Civil Service sent out emails detailing what employees can and cannot do that’s considered political activity.
According to the Louisiana Civil Service President Adrienne Bordelon, “if an employee is at a political rally they could face a 30-day working suspension for first offense and termination for 2nd offense of which they can be barred for at least six years.”