One day after Seattle police ask Torchlight Parade attendees to limit social media, the department tweeted a selfie of Chief Kathleen O’Toole at the parade.
Do as they say, not as they do?
Just one day after Seattle police asked people attending Saturday evening’s Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade to voluntarily go on a phone diet and limit their use of social media, the department tweeted out a selfie featuring the chief.
The selfie of Chief Kathleen O’Toole and members of the department’s Neighborhood Response Team was tweeted out by @SeattlePD with a hashtag indicating it was taken at the Torchlight parade.
On Friday, police posted an item on the department’s website that said, “If you plan on attending Torchlight, you can help keep networks moving smoothly by limiting your phone calls and social media use at the parade and using texts to communicate with friends and family.”
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They explained that during last year’s parade “our region’s privately-owned cellular networks may become taxed by throngs of cellphone wielding revelers.”
When SPD was contacted about the chief’s selfie that SPD tweeted on Saturday evening, Seattle police first responded by saying, “Just asked you to stop with the Facebook reminders is all. We get it. You’re having a poetry reading.”
Almost immediately afterward, media spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb reached out by text to say, “You make a good point. Thanks for the reminder!”