Amid nationwide unrest over the George Floyd police murder, top officials nationwide – including members of the NYPD – have released their personal information online, the federal government has warned.
According to an unclassified intelligence document from the US Department of Homeland Security obtained by the Associated Press, officials have posted their home addresses, emails and telephone numbers online, warning that the information could “provoke attacks from violent opportunists or domestic violence”. Trying to manage protests can be a hindrance to law enforcement agencies.
Washington, Atlanta, Boston and New York have unidentified brasses, and their information is shared – including the alleged use of tear gas on protesters, the document says.
Names were not mentioned in the report.
This practice, known as taxing, is legal, and it is not known that there were physical attacks on top police officers during civil unrest, although domestic security officers expect to continue to do so.
The tactics are aimed at “undermining law enforcement’s response to ongoing legal protests.”
As protests against police brutality flood the streets of American cities and around the world, local police are under intense scrutiny from protesters and elected officials across the country. Some police unions have begun to respond aggressively to calls to withdraw or cancel departments.
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs, treat us with a little respect! We were humiliated. It’s disgusting, ”New York State Police Trade Union Officer Mike O’Meara said at a news conference Tuesday.
O’Meara’s comments came as New York state lawmakers repealed a 50-a-year law that keeps police disciplinary records confidential.
The NYPD did not immediately respond to a Post inquiry.
With Post Wires