Another story of official law enforcement “misconduct” comes to us from the state of Oregon, where a state Department of Justice investigator was caught doing something truly awful. But we’re not talking about shooting suspects, tasing them or engaging in false arrests here. No, the bad man in question was found to have been reading tweets with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. (HuffPo)
An Oregon Department of Justice investigator conducted digital surveillance on supporters of Black Lives Matter, searching the movement’s well-known hashtag as part of a threat assessment investigation, state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum revealed in a letter Tuesday.
“When I initially heard about this incident I was appalled,” Rosenblum said in her letter, which was in response to an earlier letter from the Portland chapter of the national civil rights organization the Urban League. The civil rights group sought an investigation into allegations that the state DOJ was digitally surveilling Oregonians for use of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media. Rosenblum confirmed an investigator in the Criminal Justice Division had conducted such an investigation.
Keep in mind that we’re not even talking about tapping anyone’s phone or subpoenas to go through their bank records. These are tweets which are openly published on a social network for the entire world to see. So I assume that the complaints were quickly dismissed, right? Nope.
Upon discovering the social media search, Rosenblum immediately ordered the Criminal Justice Division to stop using any such online search tool. She also shared the information with Johnson.
Even leaving aside for a moment the fact that these are very public messages which anyone and everyone with a laptop or a phone is free to peruse, are we forgetting how many other high profile cases have been discovered through social media? Occasionally, early leads have headed off crimes in the planning stages, while others, tragically, were unearthed too late. How many times have we heard liberal media talkers bemoaning the fact that “nobody checked and nobody said anything” when there were clear signals on social media of something going terribly wrong. Does anyone remember the case of Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley? Shortly before he assassinated two NYPD officers he was all over social media. (From Matt Vespa at Town Hall)
On the day of the shooting, the shooter, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, traveled to New York City from Baltimore. He posted a chilling message on an Instagram account reportedly belonging to him saying, “I’m going to put wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours…Let’s take 2 of theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner [sic] #RIPMikeBorwn This may be