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October 06, 2009

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WayneLusvardi

The anonymous anti-police bloggers are critical of officer-involved shootings of so-called minority criminals in Pasadena. The Obama administration would want to deter any criticism that it had hired a police chief to run its COPS program who was associated with such controversial actions. The police chief is beyond reproach. But does the DOJ anonymously post comments in local newspapers to defend or deter any unjust criticism of Obama administration? Interesting that recently bloggers may have to disclose any sources of gifts but anonymous government bloggers don’t have to disclose their identity or who pays them.

And here is another slant on this issue - police have free speech rights but it would be inadvisable for them to use their names when commenting on blogs on crime issues. So how do we protect police free speech rights on blogs?

Ed

You raise a good point --- if police officers were able to speak more openly I suspect we would have a much better idea of the true facts about, for instance, the Barnes case. City and Police Dept. politics only muddle and obscure our ability to determine what actually happened.

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