Memphis, TN—Police officers across the country have quickly discovered the power of information.
Today’s technology has given individual officers the power to unwrap their own agency’s dirty laundry and questionable practices. The tool is a simple blog. Unlike my blog, most police blogs not run by the agencies but are authored by anonymous officers. They are sure to become the object of wrath if their identities are discovered. There are several such blogs listed in my sidebar. Most I listed are located in the Chicago area.
The two most widely read police blogs are Chicago’s Secondcitycop and New York’s, NYPD Rant. The Rant editor was uncovered and quickly fired. Secondcitycop’s fate has been better, so far.
Memphis police officials are trying to uncover the authorship and readers of MPD Enforcer 2.0.
That popular site has brought sunshine to an otherwise secret world angering city officials and police administrators.
The Memphis Police Department has started a fight by trying to subpoena the names of the site’s authors, contributors and readers. This fight goes straight to the heart of free speech and privacy of all Americans.
Taxpayers can find out about wasted public funds, events by administrators that bring costly and unnecessary lawsuits and misdeeds by officials that they could cover up in the past.
Some police officials complain that officers use the sites to conspire about unlawful job actions like work slowdowns or to libel them personally.
Read more about the Memphis police blogger case here.