Renton Police Shopped Around Until They Found A Prosecutor Who Would Go After Anonymous Critic
from the shameful dept
But that's ridiculous. You can investigate the misconduct pretty easily, by watching the videos, and recognizing that they're not cyberstalking. And that's it.
That's not at all what the Renton Police did. Instead, it's now come out, they tried back in May to get a similar warrant from the King County Prosecutor's Office... and it was rejected. The police then asked another officer to make the case for the city prosecutor, who did issue the warrant. Of course, the real person who should be scrutinized here is the city prosecutor who clearly never should have issued such a warrant. KIRO 7, the local TV news station that broke this story and continues to be the best source of information on it, asked the police chief, who goes by the unfortunate name Kevin Milosevich, about this obvious prosecutor "shopping," and he said that reporters were "overreacting."
Of course, if anything, it seems they're underreacting. Shopping for prosecutors in a blatant attempt to unveil the identity of a critic for no reason other than that he's a critic seems like a massive abuse of power. If Milosevich had any idea how this was being viewed by most legal critics, his response would have been to say they were asking prosecutors to drop the case.