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Memphis police officer Brian Hall was suspended 10 days without pay for violating the Memphis Police Department's social media policy. Memphis police officer Brian Hall was suspended 10 days without pay for violating the Memphis Police Department's social media policy.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It is the KKK rally that just will not go away. While not popular in the City of Memphis, police officers are not allowed to say as much on Twitter.

Social media 101. The first rule? Watch your mouth... or your thumbs.

Memphis police officer Brian Hall learned the hard way. He was suspended 10 days without pay for violating the Memphis Police Department's social media policy after tweeting pointed opinions and potentially sensitive information about the KKK rally that was held in Memphis on March 30.

MPD administrators describe Hall's actions as unprofessional and unacceptable.

"We expect our officers to conduct themselves in the highest regard and make good, sound decisions."

Kiersten Bagley is the public relations and social media manager at Howell Marketing.

She warns her clients to tweet responsibly.

"We run across it all the time. And more than I'd like to see," she said. "Both professionally and personally, I mean you definitely have to be careful and wary at all times of the day what you're putting out there."

If you do not follow that simple advice, you risk tweeting yourself straight onto the 5 o'clock news.

The Memphis Police Association declined to comment on the topic, saying it believes someone leaked Hall's discipline in an ongoing effort to discredit officers as they continue to fight to get their 4.6 percent pay cut reinstated.

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