KETV (Omaha), February 9, 2009
An Iowa State trooper who was investigated after it was shown that he forwarded an e-mail showing mug shots of people wearing Obama t-shirts has been suspended for 30 days.
Sgt. Rodney Hicok was at home and off-duty when he forwarded the e-mails, said an official with the Iowa Department of Public Safety Bureau and Professional Standards.
The e-mail made disparaging remarks about 15 people in the photos and referred to Obama as having “quite a fan base.”
In a statement, Hicok said, “I am deeply sorry for my actions. . . . I apologize to anyone this e-mail may have offended, as well as my family, citizens in my community and Iowa taxpayers.”
“I regret what happened and wish I could take it back,” Hicok said in the statement.
The 27-year veteran, who has no prior offense on his record, will also attend DPS training on policies and procedures.