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(Chron)   Woman arrested for posting a police officer's photo to Facebook, because "The internet can be a dangerous place"   (chron.com) divider line 197
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2012-10-14 05:54:02 PM  
Well, to be fair, it was allegedly an undercover cop, and blowing their cover could get them farked up or killed.

So my level of outrage is significantly down from where it was before I read the article.

Of course, even the cops were quoted as saying that undercover guys probably shouldn't have facebook pages if they don't want their shiat out there.
 
2012-10-14 06:09:28 PM  
Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-14 06:10:49 PM  
They have us under surveillance. Turnabout is fair play.  We had a story a few months back about spies being unable to assume fake identities because of biometric scanners at borders. The nipple says Scaramanga but the facial measurements say Bond.  So now local cops have the same lack of privacy as anybody else.
 
2012-10-14 06:12:39 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


You mean like the cop did?


FirstNationalBastard: Well, to be fair, it was allegedly an undercover cop, and blowing their cover could get them farked up or killed.

So my level of outrage is significantly down from where it was before I read the article.

Of course, even the cops were quoted as saying that undercover guys probably shouldn't have facebook pages if they don't want their shiat out there.


This. Seems like the stupid swings both ways in this case.
 
2012-10-14 06:21:02 PM  
But they told me that this was the Land of the Free.

I guess the incarceration rate puts the lie to that.
 
2012-10-14 06:23:06 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Well, to be fair, it was allegedly an undercover cop, and blowing their cover could get them farked up or killed.

So my level of outrage is significantly down from where it was before I read the article.

Of course, even the cops were quoted as saying that undercover guys probably shouldn't have facebook pages if they don't want their shiat out there.


Still a fine line. It isn't really any different than if she gave the photo to her drug dealing friends and told them that it was an undercover cop. What difference if it was on the internet that made it a crime? And isn't the point of an undercover cop that they are undercover for that operation only? It isn't like they can go undercover full time.
 
2012-10-14 06:23:57 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


Not to mention poking. They're going to make that a felony soon.
 
2012-10-14 06:25:29 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: But they told me that this was the Land of the Free.

I guess the incarceration rate puts the lie to that.


To be fair, the man who penned that line died nearly 170 years ago.
 
2012-10-14 06:29:36 PM  
Where did the photo come from? His Facebook, MySpace, if she got it off the net then it's his fail.
 
2012-10-14 06:30:34 PM  
I've heard that it's serious business.
 
2012-10-14 06:34:59 PM  
She will get away with it.

Fact: They found the picture from his own Facebook page after they google-searched him.
Translation: The information was already public record. They just consolidated it.

Point? She didnt actually commit a crime. That, and the cops do it to criminals all the time...public records work both ways.
 
2012-10-14 06:35:25 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


All of that is true, but with the first amendment, I can understand the officer's frustration, but I cannot understand her arrest.
 
2012-10-14 06:36:08 PM  
In court:
"I wuz gonna give them pics to ma friends, mr. judge sir".
"And that coppers is lying that I wuz gonna put them up on them branchless trees".
"Anda those drugs is not admissible for charges(true dat), since they be looking for evidence i had made of that photogenic cop who done busted ma friends".

"As judge I am telling all parties involved that you are the definitions of dumbass. Case dismissed and don't be back with a repeat of this again. Ok you Perp and also you too Officer."

/The legal system is a wondrous thing.
 
2012-10-14 06:38:02 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


The cop in question didn't seem to think so when he posted it.
 
2012-10-14 06:38:36 PM  
What the hell?! If some chick gets drunk and flashes her tits at a camera, then regrets it, everybody laughs it off and says tough shiat.

Some retarded cop has a face book page, and somebody uses the information that HE posted on it, to tell the TRUTH about him, and thats wrong somehow?!

My outrage remains fully intact. Cops put peoples pics online along with information they may not want to be public thousands of times every day.

He is a pig, not James Bond sheesh.
 
2012-10-14 06:41:08 PM  
If you're working undercover you'd be stupid to have any pictures of yourself whatsoever on the Internet. If some "bad person" took a photo of you then did a simple image search you could pop right up and if your identity there didn't match the identity you gave that bad person... Well, you dun goofed.
 
2012-10-14 06:42:30 PM  
"Many police departments have not yet developed social media policies and guidelines for their officers."

Because common sense is as dead as ... something that is most sincerely dead.

/"click Like if you (heart) undercover cops"
 
2012-10-14 06:45:25 PM  
If it was just a street cop and their pic was posted I would be up in arms about her arrest. But she posted the pic of an undercover officer who testified against a friend of hers. I think that's stupid to be putting an undercover officer in jeopardy.
 
2012-10-14 06:46:36 PM  
Cool, my town was mentioned in the article.

It's not like she was sending out fake Tweets lampooning the city council or anything. Texas DPS will look into that.
 
2012-10-14 06:47:24 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth


Because being a cop, and especially an undercover cop, is characterized by a special respect for "the truth."
 
2012-10-14 06:50:31 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Well, to be fair, it was allegedly an undercover cop, and blowing their cover could get them farked up or killed.

So my level of outrage is significantly down from where it was before I read the article.

Of course, even the cops were quoted as saying that undercover guys probably shouldn't have facebook pages if they don't want their shiat out there.


Except cover was already blown when the undercover officer publicly testified against someone in open court. Seems like that would be the end of undercover work for an officer. How can they possibly have any expectation of privacy or secrecy after that? This is why you don't spend your undercover officers to bust a crackhead.
 
2012-10-14 06:52:44 PM  
I can understand why they did as if they make an exception then it gets muddy. Cop was a complete dumbass. I thought if you go undercover you purge everything that could identify you.
 
2012-10-14 06:54:15 PM  
30.media.tumblr.com 

Its about time people applied this simple principle to the almighty LEOs as well.
 
2012-10-14 06:55:04 PM  

indylaw: Because being a cop, and especially an undercover cop, is characterized by a special respect for "the truth."


And don't forget beating their wives and girlfriends at almost twice the rate of civilians.
 
2012-10-14 07:00:42 PM  

CruiserTwelve

Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.

Feel free to post the specific law violated.
 
2012-10-14 07:02:11 PM  
Or, the cop could thank his lucky farking stars that he was "outed" by a pissed off civilian instead of actual, lethally dangerous criminals who wouldn't have cut him any slack for being too stupid to understand what undercover means.


The idea that civilians have to play the "see no evil, speak no evil" game because ridiculously inept officers can't maintain their cover without it is just farking stupid.
 
2012-10-14 07:03:41 PM  
Woman arrested for posting a police officer's photo to Facebook, because "The internet can be a dangerous place"

Two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night?
 
2012-10-14 07:04:35 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


Your reasoned discourse has no place in a Fark Kop Hatin' Thread.

ZAZ: The nipple says Scaramanga but the facial measurements say Bond.


See, CruiserTwelve?
 
2012-10-14 07:06:06 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


Maybe Donnie Brasco, Jr. should have scrubbed his facebook profile.
 
2012-10-14 07:09:29 PM  
skinink
f it was just a street cop and their pic was posted I would be up in arms about her arrest. But she posted the pic of an undercover officer who testified against a friend of hers. I think that's stupid to be putting an undercover officer in jeopardy..

Why don't you just RTFA; his pic was already on facebook and was found by a friends search
 
2012-10-14 07:12:34 PM  
Awwww... the poor widdle piggy is having privacy issues. Fark 'em. What's good for us is good for them.
 
2012-10-14 07:15:33 PM  

cajunns: skinink
f it was just a street cop and their pic was posted I would be up in arms about her arrest. But she posted the pic of an undercover officer who testified against a friend of hers. I think that's stupid to be putting an undercover officer in jeopardy..

Why don't you just RTFA; his pic was already on facebook and was found by a friends search


I read it, and she did the friend search and posted his pic out of spite and because the cop testified against her friend. She should have been smarter and not posted the pic, even if the cop had it out there and she should pick better friends. And why don't you just STFU and be nicer in your replies.
 
2012-10-14 07:17:26 PM  
It's this a hazard of being an undercover cop? Yes, it's a threat to his safety and the women is culpable if he is hurt do to her outing him but shouldn't the cops be prepared for this?
 
2012-10-14 07:17:32 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


So the officer (an undercover cop) committed a crime by posting the name and picture of an undercover cop (his own) on facebook?
 
2012-10-14 07:18:41 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


If anonymity is such a big deal for that undercover officer, maybe he shouldn't have a Facebook page with his full name, employer listed, and multiple pictures set so that anyone can view the info...
 
2012-10-14 07:22:09 PM  

RogermcAllen: CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.

So the officer (an undercover cop) committed a crime by posting the name and picture of an undercover cop (his own) on facebook?


No, cops don't commit crimes, Its always the the stupid citizen that is in the wrong, just ask CruiserTwelve.
 
2012-10-14 07:22:30 PM  

skinink: cajunns: skinink
f it was just a street cop and their pic was posted I would be up in arms about her arrest. But she posted the pic of an undercover officer who testified against a friend of hers. I think that's stupid to be putting an undercover officer in jeopardy..

Why don't you just RTFA; his pic was already on facebook and was found by a friends search

I read it, and she did the friend search and posted his pic out of spite and because the cop testified against her friend. She should have been smarter and not posted the pic, even if the cop had it out there and she should pick better friends. And why don't you just STFU and be nicer in your replies.


EABOD Cop is a retard
 
2012-10-14 07:23:31 PM  

The more you eat the more you fart: Fact: They found the picture from his own Facebook page after they google-searched him.
Translation: The information was already public record. They just consolidated it.


Something like 90% of intelligence work is just taking facts from public sources and putting them all together.

When Hunt for Red October came out, the USN was shaitting eggrolls as to how Tom Clancy found out stuff that was supposedly Top Secret. Fortunately for him, he kept good notes and could prove he got all of his information from public sources.

Not long ago, a guy assembled a huge collection of publicly-available GIS data for public utilities and the like for his Master's thesis. DHS caught wind of it and classified his work, and basically forced him to sign a bunch of shiat giving up the rights to his intellectual under threat of prosecution.
 
2012-10-14 07:24:39 PM  
I came in here to be 100% on the cop's side, thinking she snapped a pic in court or some such and blew his cover. But then I read how he has a facebook page, and how he has it wide open for anyone to view, and I thought, the cop is an idiot to blame. He put his face along with his identity on the internet for all to access. She just reposted what he posted.

I would think that not having a wide open facebook page would be a prerequisite for all undercover work.

Unless his facebook was set up as his undercover alt, and she is the one who said LOOK COP HERE. Then, yeah, fark her. Doesn't sound like it though.
 
2012-10-14 07:25:00 PM  

RogermcAllen: CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.

So the officer (an undercover cop) committed a crime by posting the name and picture of an undercover cop (his own) on facebook?


This. Goddamnit if your job AND security relies on being anonymous, your fail, dude. Last I checked, Civilians are not read in to Security clearances.
 
2012-10-14 07:30:10 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


Simply having a Facebook account puts your job in jeopardy.
 
2012-10-14 07:33:23 PM  
So, let's say I arrest you one night for solicitation and then on my facebook page I provide a link to yours and the details of the arrest. Should I get in trouble?

How about if I find out who your boss is and provide him the info, or your friends, family?

Hell, I am just using publicly available information and just telling the truth right?
 
2012-10-14 07:34:43 PM  
Doing a GIS for "Mesquite police department roster" came up with this gem:
www.policetradingcards.com

I wonder if Mr. Undercover had his own trading card.
 
2012-10-14 07:36:17 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: So, let's say I arrest you one night for solicitation and then on my facebook page I provide a link to yours and the details of the arrest. Should I get in trouble?

How about if I find out who your boss is and provide him the info, or your friends, family?

Hell, I am just using publicly available information and just telling the truth right?


You would be a huge dick, yes. But you would not be arrested because there is nothing illegal about doing that.

No one here is saying she isn't a biatch. We're saying the arrest is bullshiat.
 
2012-10-14 07:37:33 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: So, let's say I arrest you one night for solicitation and then on my facebook page I provide a link to yours and the details of the arrest. Should I get in trouble?

How about if I find out who your boss is and provide him the info, or your friends, family?

Hell, I am just using publicly available information and just telling the truth right?


Tit for Tat doesn't work when you're the one with all the authority. This isn't about equals having equal rights.
 
2012-10-14 07:38:12 PM  

RoyBatty: CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.

All of that is true, but with the first amendment, I can understand the officer's frustration, but I cannot understand her arrest.



Point to RoyBatty.
 
2012-10-14 07:39:51 PM  
oh noes, a cop got butthurt.
 
2012-10-14 07:40:38 PM  

CruiserTwelve: Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.


It also means their chances of making another pot bust are slim.

Keep on doing this!
 
2012-10-14 07:41:39 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: So, let's say I arrest you one night for solicitation and then on my facebook page I provide a link to yours and the details of the arrest. Should I get in trouble?

How about if I find out who your boss is and provide him the info, or your friends, family?

Hell, I am just using publicly available information and just telling the truth right?


How is that different from what you already do, with criminal backgrounds being public record?
 
2012-10-14 07:42:02 PM  

OnlyM3: CruiserTwelve

Subby did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When a person's job and safety depend on anonymity, posting their picture on Facebook is a serious issue.
Feel free to post the specific law violated.



Disrespecting a cop.
 
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