William Sheehan does not like the police. He expresses his views about what he calls police corruption in Washington State on his Web site, where he
also posts lists of police officers' addresses, home phone numbers and Social Security numbers.
State officials say those postings expose officers and their families to danger and invite identity theft. But neither litigation nor legislation has
stopped Mr. Sheehan, who promises to expand his site to include every police and corrections officer in the state by the end of the year.
Mr. Sheehan says he obtains the information lawfully, from voter registration, property, motor vehicle and other official records. But his provocative
use of personal data raises questions about how the law should address the dissemination of accurate, publicly available information that is selected
and made accessible in a way that may facilitate the invasion of privacy, computer crime, even violence.
Larry Erickson, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, says the organization's members are disturbed by Mr.
"Police officers go out at night," Mr. Erickson said, "they make people mad, and they leave their families behind."
Brightening, Lieutenant Caldwell said some officers even welcomed the posting of their home addresses, if that encouraged Mr. Sheehan to visit.
"If he wants to drop by the house," Lieutenant Caldwell said, "the police officers would be more than happy to welcome him. We're all armed and
The site, the name of which is being withheld by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was temporarily deactivated over the weekend after police agencies,
led by the Kirkland Police Department, protested the release of officers' personal information, including Social Security numbers.
Seems the news sites are refusing to say what the name of his site is. I found this
and was able to obtain the web site.
William Sheehan's Site
[Edited on 12-7-2003 by MiStErBeLLaTrIx]