A gay policeman in London is suing Metropolitan police for homophobic and racial discrimination after he claims he was pushed out of the force.
Special Branch detective Kevin Maxwell was trying to reintegrate back into police work after two and a half years of medical leave (for clinical depression) when he says his superior officers and colleagues systematically and strategically made it impossible for him to continue working.
At the heart of his allegations is one incident in which a special meeting was called to warn officers that their activity on social media sites was being monitored. Maxwell claims the meeting was specifically designed to rattle him, as Grindr was specifically called out.
“Clearly this made me feel uncomfortable,” Maxwell said. “As an out gay man I was offended. I know many police officers who are gay and not necessarily “out” at work, who use these type of “lawful” social networking applications.”
He also found comments made by officers on a police website that said, “If I couldn’t hack it in the police, why didn’t I become and hairdresser or cabin crew.”
There may be more than meets the eye to Maxwells story (you can read the full saga here), but it does expose the possibility that employees could be monitored on Grindr.
But really, all you could monitor from the shadows is whether or not someone has logged in by their profile being online, unless of course there are high ranking British police creating fake profiles and trying to solicit their subordinates.
Which kind of sounds like the beginning of a porn.