Barber Brennon Jones has been giving free haircuts to the homeless in Philadelphia for years, and even made national headlines in 2017 for his charitable efforts. But recently a police officer tried to shut him down. The cop said his sergeant wanted Jones to stop cutting hair and leave the area. But when Jones said he was going to call the mayor, the officer made a call and came back and said Jones just needed to make sure to clean up the hair when he was finished.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."