Longtime Politech readers will remember how the government of King
County, Washington, tried to muzzle the justicefiles.org site, which
posted public records including police officers' names and salaries:
And then there's the similar case involving Paul Trummel, a Washington
state writer who set up the contracabal.org site, although he was
writing about an HUD-funded housing project, not the police:
Now police in Florida seem to be using the same tactics of unwanted
publicity against journalists who dare to air critical reports about
cops' racial profiling and reactions to complaints:
"The personal information of an investigative reporter was posted
prominently on a South Florida police union's website after a local
television station aired a report about how police in Broward and
Miami-Dade counties deal with the public.
The address, date of birth and driver's license number of WFOR CBS-4
reporter Mike Kirsch was posted as a BOLO -- or ''be on the lookout'' --
on the website of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association...
Alan Rosenthal, an attorney for CBS-4, a Miami Herald news partner,
demanded that the union remove the BOLO, calling it false and a
violation of Florida and federal law that prohibits the disclosure of
``personal identifying information contained in motor vehicle records.''"
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