Albuquerque officer tweeted about pistol whippings

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Posted: Jun 17, 2011 4:15 PM
Albuquerque officer tweeted about pistol whippings

An Albuquerque police officer who avoided disciplinary action for making comments about killing people on MySpace is now being investigated for sending tweets about pistol whippings and Muslims.

Detective Pete Dwyer is being reassigned to desk duty during an internal investigation, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.

The police department discovered the posts on Thursday, the same day the newspaper reported Dwyer would not be disciplined for past posts on MySpace, including "Some people are alive only because killing them is illegal."

Dwyer's Twitter postings included a comment that he would pistol-whip the next person he hears saying "imma" instead of "I am going to," the newspaper reported.

Dwyer also posted that Muslims are like Chinook Salmon: "Life's great until the SEALS show up."

A link in another posting led to an image of a Nazi swastika flag emerging from beneath a red, white and blue logo from Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

He could not be reached for comment.

Dwyer is at least the third Albuquerque officer to be disciplined over comments on social networking websites.

Earlier in the week, police Chief Ray Schultz said he had decided against disciplining Dwyer over his Myspace postings because Dwyer told him they were four years old and he had forgotten he even had the account.

The Twitter postings were dated between May 20 and June 4, police said.

"Obviously, we have some serious problems here," Schultz said.

Earlier this year, the police department instituted a comprehensive social media policy after inappropriate comments by officers were discovered on different sites.

For example, Trey Economidy, who was involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect earlier this year, has posted on Facebook that his occupation was "human waste disposal."

Schultz said the department values the right to free speech, but "comments that impair our officer's ability to perform their duties and brings discredit to the Albuquerque Police Department will not be tolerated."