by Mike Masnick
Thu, Apr 2nd 2009 7:53pm
Apparently, two police officers at MIT have been suspended after they decided that students at the university shouldn't see a front page story about another MIT police officer caught dealing drugs -- so they dumped hundreds of copies of the paper in the trash (well, actually a recycling bin -- they may want to censor, but not clog landfills, apparently). Of course, it really makes you wonder what they hoped to accomplish. The MIT paper, The Tech, is available online, including the article in question. Throwing out the papers probably did little (if anything) to stop people from reading about the incident -- and simply ended up calling more attention to questionable activities by MIT police. All of this, of course, highlights yet another nice benefit to online newspapers: people can't throw them out to try to hide what's in them.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Audits Of Asset Forfeiture Program Uncover Funds Used To Pay Student Loans, Property Used As Rent-Free Housing
- Chilling Effects: UK Police Admit To Investigating Journalists For Covering Snowden Leaks
- Officer Indicted For Lying On Warrant Application That Led To Toddler Being Burned By Flashbang Grenade
- Police Cameras Are Valuable... But Not If They Can Alter The Videos
- Suspended Cop Sends Email To Department Thanking Them For The Paid Time Off