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      CommentAuthorjoe.distort
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2008 edited
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    here!

    godaddy decided they would rather shut this copwatch style site down than deal with possible (illegal and unconstitutional) ramifications. i dont like regurgitating news on here, but this seems to be of signifigance as far as things we tend to care about. bottom line? just becasue they are cost efficient, doesnt mean godaddy.com is going to stand up for their clients.
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    Ratemycop.com? Really?
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    dumb name, but anything that encourages police accountability im 100% behind. they need to know people are watching what they do-thats why i support copwatch.
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    Not to defend godaddy, they played fast and loose with their TOS on this at best and at worst simply acted as censor, but this site just reeks of the possibility for abuse. Like "Rottenneighbor.com" or these other anonymous slag-off boards, I don't see this as effective.

    Look, in Chicago we had a 250 pound bull of a cop beat the holy shit out of a 115 pound bartender who stopped serving him. He then threatened her, her family and witnesses. The guy is charged with something like 15 felonies and the whole fucking thing is caught on tape.

    After nearly a year the police commissioner finally recommended that he be fired. Recommended. Because it still has to be approved by several other layers of beauracracy.

    I'm not seeing a bitchboard as something that's going to fix problems that big and that deep.
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      CommentAuthorjoe.distort
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2008 edited
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    well, no this isnt going to end police corruption and power abuse systems that have been in place for dozens upon dozens of years. but community awareness and questioning the unrivaled trust of the police are things i only see as positives. yes, there are infinite ways that this could be abused and turned into just complaining about getting a DUI. the real value here lies in people taking an active role in their immediate community.

    besides that whole argument, im more concerned with the concept of them shutting down a site due to the police not liking it. that is a slippery, slippery slope to start down.
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    On the other hand, and taking off my British cynical glasses, the site could have worked to help improve cop/citizen relations. I never saw it so I have no idea of the setup they had.
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    the real value here lies in people taking an active role in their immediate community.

    By posting anonymously on the internet? That doesn't wash. You can argue it raises awareness, maybe gets a ball rolling if enough people see enough reports, but that's a long shot from marching against police brutality, electing politicians who aren't complete cop-fuckers and generally being more active locally about police corruption.

    I think we're both on the same side here, I'm just not seeing anonymous posting about specific indivduals are community involvement. A thought that occurs to me is that the people really suffering from police harassment and brutality (the poor, homeless, street sex workers) aren't necessarily going to have the computer access to post up. You're going to get alot of people griefing about how this cop didn't treat them all that well at a ticketing or that cop was rude to them. The Signal gets lots in the noise.

    But again, I think we're both in agreement about the need to do more about police corruption and that Godaddy was acting in bad faith.
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    we do agree.