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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

RATEMYCOP website - Legal & fair

Cop rating site gets mixed reviews
Whittier Daily News, CA
By Rachel Uranga
03/25/2008
Armed with a laptop computer and the names of tens of thousands of police officers across the country, a Southland entrepreneur is raising the ire of law enforcement with an online, five-star rating system similar to those used for teachers. Less than a month old, ratemycop.com has gotten 100,000 hits a day, with users leaving comments - good and bad - about their interactions with cops, founder Gino Sesto said. He runs the site out of his two-bedroom home and said he thinks it's a fair way to hold law enforcement accountable... But police organizations across the country have denounced the site, arguing it endangers officers' safety and is ripe for misuse... The site appears to be perfectly legal. Even the Los Angeles Police Department's union, which two weeks ago sent a note to its 9,600 sworn members in response to concerns about the names of officers being posted, admits ratemycop.com has the right to obtain the information... Some posts are malicious... But others praise officers like Sgt. Wayne Guillary... His motto is to always be professional. That way there is nothing to worry about it... [Full article here]

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