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Police misconduct

2005-03-26 22:47:52.291544+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Why police authority scares me, incident #481321: Houston policeman confiscates cell phone, distributes pictures on it:

It began as the fairly routine arrest of a drunken-driving suspect on a Houston street.

It quickly evolved into a maze of questions as investigators checked out reports that a Houston police officer had found nude photos of the driver stored in her cellular phone, downloaded them and later showed them around the courthouse.

(Thanks to Sensible Erection.)

[ related topics: Wireless Photography Sexual Culture Law Enforcement ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-27 00:14:15.283416+00 by: meuon [edit history]

For various reasons, I've gotten to know a handful police officers on and off duty. They are mostly decent guys, heads on straight and actually want to make the world a better place. But they are human, and some are therefore immature clowns exploiting the position for personal egotistical (and sometimes financial) compensation. When they are caught, like this bozo, I hope they ruin him. Unfortunately, the brotherhood protects their own and he'll probably end up as a cop somewhere else if not just back on the same beat after the media attention dies down.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-27 02:36:48.041749+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I know there are good cops and bad cops; this is just an example of one of the reasons we need lots of checks and balances.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-28 14:56:59.521016+00 by: Nancy

It occurs to me that this is also an example of one of the reasons not to keep nude photos on your cell phone.

In the days before the cell phones of today, a very pretty and massively well endowed girlfriend of mine received glossy 8x10s of some photos she'd let an old boyfriend take - he mailed them to her with some various threats. She turned the letter and the photos over to the police. I had to laugh when she told me about it (and showed me the pics - two people, yes, but only *her* face). I'm sure there was a lot of 'research' done with the pictures. And thankfully the harassment didn't go any farther.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-30 00:31:06.220344+00 by: Shawn

It occurs to me that this is also an example of one of the reasons not to keep nude photos on your cell phone

True, but it would also be nice not to have to be paranoid about such things.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-03-30 00:35:43.233302+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, this would be no different if the perpetrator confiscated a laptop and passed around internal company documents.