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Kansas Man Calls Out Officer On Twitter For Texting and Driving

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Texting and driving can be dangerous and in many places it's also illegal.

Are police officers held to the same standards behind the wheel? That's the question one Kansas driver asked on Twitter.

A driver in Kansas tweeted a picture of a police officer who appears to be texting as he's driving.

The photographer said "my buddy was like look, he's texting and driving and there he was, both hands on the phone and steering with his knee like that and I don't know, kind of floored me."

When they hit a stoplight the photographer, who goes by Chuck Bass on Twitter snapped a photo of the Wichita police officer in the car next to him.

Then he posted it on Twitter with the caption "so I can't text and drive but y'all can?"

"Honestly I thought it was a joke, I did not think Wichita Police would reply," he said.

Within minutes Wichita Police tweeted back asking for the number of the police car in the picture.

Police say they are now investigating exactly what that officer was doing with his phone. Kansas law allows law enforcement officers to text and drive if it's work-related.

Social Media Consultant Cindy Kelly said "personally, I don't think it's cool to call people out publicly on social media, because you just don't know, you don't know the circumstances."

Police Captain John Speer said citizens should alert the department if they have concerns about police behavior. He also added that if the officer violated the texting law he'll be disciplined.

Chuck Bass, who called out the officer on Twitter, said he's not looking for anybody to be fired but he does want police held to the same standards as everybody else.

"If you think about all things I do in my car that I might get pulled over for, why can't the officer be pulled over for the same thing," he said.

Kansas' ban on texting while driving took effect in 2011 but police are allowed to text and drive and even type on their laptops while driving if it's in the line of duty.

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