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Danny22 Jun 6, 4:28 p.m.
I want my name removed too.
Kaitlyn Jun 5, 6:02 p.m.
Like others have said, all taxpayers and property owners should be given this choice.
And what's with all these bills being totally stripped of their original text and replaced with something completely different? This general assembly sure is playing fast and loose with the rules in order to sneak things through!
GETOUT Jun 5, 4:17 p.m.
This article only stated that if this bill passes "law enforcement, district attorneys and assistant district attorneys" could request for their information to not be public. It says nothing about the politicians would vote yes or no. Im wondering how this affects any of the people on here who thinks it shouldnt be passed. How does it affect the way you operate on a daily basis unless you are the one looking up these individuals information???
D2D Jun 5, 4:10 p.m.
It should apply to everyone. It's just not safe. Anybody can use that information to stalk, assault, kidnap, rob, etc. someone.
disgusted2010 Jun 5, 3:52 p.m.
I did read the article. I just don't believe the legislators.
LetsBeFair Jun 5, 3:46 p.m.
then you didnt read the articles.
disgusted2010 Jun 5, 3:32 p.m.
I truly don't understand your post. If you had read this person's incessant anti-law enforcement, anti government, anti gun, pro liberal media posts you would know where I am coming from. AND by the way if he had his way your gun would be confiscated.
dvrdwn Jun 5, 3:28 p.m.
Best idea ever! This should have happened a long time ago!!
disgusted2010 Jun 5, 3:25 p.m.
For all you law enforcement haters posting here. The general assembly is proposing this bill. I do not believe for one minute that any law enforcement officers have asked for this. Some may have made comments, but they have not asked for if. If you don't believe it just sit in on legislative committee meetings. Many of the legislators are as bad as some of the posters here, true law enforcement haters.
disgusted2010 Jun 5, 3:21 p.m.
What bred your extreme hatred of law enforcement? I suppose some of these comments are courtesy of convicts getting more rights, such as internet use.
mfarmer1 Jun 5, 3:17 p.m.
why are they made public in the first place, we should all have privacy.
less_govt_is_better_govt Jun 5, 3:10 p.m.
It's misinformed attitudes like this that help spur the us BS them mentality a lot of LEOs carry
I protect myself my family and my property. Me and my friends Smith & Wesson. If the law is involved it will be to files a report for insurance purposes and if they would like to help clean up the mess.
That is all
REPUBLICAN HANS Jun 5, 3:08 p.m.
Most of you commenting against this haven't seen the ball since kickoff...
Monte_Carlo777 Jun 5, 3:03 p.m.
Nobody is saying the are "better", rather the concern is that they are often dealing with violent individuals who are determined to threaten and intimidate the very people who are attempting to send these people away to prison. The common citizen does not have to worry about such things because they have safety in anonymity. Their name is not on the bottom of police reports, affidavits and they are not testifying against the defendant in open court. This retaliation is far more common than people might think and it will likely only continue to get worse as criminals get more computer savy. BTW- If you want to hate cops, that's fine. I get that; but this affects their spouses, kids and extended family too. Don't hate them, they did nothing wrong.
ncccm Jun 5, 3:02 p.m.
Phone numbers aren't currently provided, so moot point. Name and address can be found in the phone book or just google someone, you'll get plenty of hits. I seriously doubt they are using the online tax records, they are just using other easily available information. This is a bad idea.
Monte_Carlo777 Jun 5, 2:54 p.m.
If you knew the case, you would know that it would have prevented it because they found the address through a tax record search and thought it was actually the daughter's house when in reality it was the fathers.
Mungo Jun 5, 2:41 p.m.
This is just a matter of convenience. If I want to see a document, I can always go down to the register of deeds and pull the document. If I was bent on finding someone to seek revenge, the Internet would't stop me. I'd go downtown.
Until this is not "public record" the information is going to be there.
If officers are in fear of their lives, then the General Assembly needs to be more focused on penalties that deter crimes. And as for the public servants? Well, maybe they need to be better focused on the needs of their constituents.
Agreed though, Attorney Generals shouldn't be afraid to do their jobs. We need to be tougher on crime though.
jdraleigh Jun 5, 2:40 p.m.
That guy put out a hit on his defense attorney as well, and she would have been victimized also. Did our ever-grandstanding legislators think about this? (Hint: Do pigs fly?)
tralp Jun 5, 2:25 p.m.
No ones name, address, and phone numbers should ever be released to the public through tax records.
remer54 Jun 5, 2:14 p.m.
If you want info you can spend money on INTELLIUS and there are plenty more sites too find info.
umop apisdn Jun 5, 2:09 p.m.
Beachinit didn't spontaneously complain about information available on him/her. They actually have a good point and was only responding to the many of the other posts. I do agree that all that information should be removed but it does make sense that LEOs are more at risk than others.
rednek Jun 5, 2:03 p.m.
They are PUBLIC servants, LEO's promise "To protect and serve" If they cannot protect themselves, HOW can they protect anyone? They can go ANYWHERE armed, with my CCW I am limited where I can go armed. What is their problem?
Also, how would this law have protected the father that was kidnapped? Would this law extend to families also? If so, remove ALL citizens information from public viewing!
scubagirl2 Jun 5, 2:01 p.m.
Remove their addresses and phone numbers, remove EVERYONE'S addresses and phone numbers but leave the tax status.....we, the public, are entitled to know that info and should know it.
But this should be across the board for everyone!!! everyone!!!
The ONLY people who should have their names posted publicly along with their addresses are convicted, CONVICTED, child molesters and sex offenders who can't be within x feet of a place.
katzpauz Jun 5, 2:00 p.m.
Why not remove all this information from the internet?! Not just law enforcement or district attorneys....but ALL of us!
zoso62 Jun 5, 1:58 p.m.
Then don't be a LEO if you can't stand the heat.
jonara Jun 5, 1:53 p.m.
Your ilk brought it on yourselves. You deserve the hate you get. Try being a peace officer for a change rather than the gang in blue that beat and tase kids and grannies everyday!
Enough is Enough People Jun 5, 1:52 p.m.
I completely agree. We should all respect eachothers privacy, but obviously the government does not feel that way.
remer54 Jun 5, 1:52 p.m.
Take mine off too. They are no better then anyone else.
coolie Jun 5, 1:49 p.m.
Lots of people have to deal with retaliation on a daily basis. Very elitist mentality.
jonara Jun 5, 1:49 p.m.
The world needs plenty of bar tenders. Can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen.
Viewer Jun 5, 1:48 p.m.
sctech Jun 5, 1:39 p.m. This bill should not stop with just police, prosecutors, etc. it should apply to everyone. We have thousands of victims, witnesses, etc. who are in current or recent court proceedings. It's not your business where I live or what I pay in taxes, etc.
AMEN. The current Privacy Laws need to be expanded.
jonara Jun 5, 1:47 p.m.
And the 2 tiered citizenship gets even more in your face.
croberts11117 Jun 5, 1:46 p.m.
Pretty lame idea as they can be followed home from work anytime.
saturn5 Jun 5, 1:41 p.m.
No, you don't get special treatment. Either your public records are public, or you give everyone the same option to remove their data. Not everything needs to be public, but if it's public for one group, it should be public for all.
Alexia Jun 5, 1:41 p.m.
That's the picture of the prosecutor's father who was kidnapped. Here's the story: http://www.wral.com/fbi-wake-forest-man-s-kidnapping-tied-to-daughter-s-work-as-prosecutor/13556018/.
But, not this was a relative of a prosecutor, not a prosecutor. As described in the story, this proposed law would not solve the problem they claim to be trying to solve.
sctech Jun 5, 1:39 p.m.
This bill should not stop with just police, prosecutors, etc. it should apply to everyone. We have thousands of victims, witnesses, etc. who are in current or recent court proceedings. It's not your business where I live or what I pay in taxes, etc.
beachinit Jun 5, 1:38 p.m.
I'm an LEO wife. It's scary how much information criminals can use against LEO's. It's not just phone numbers and addresses, on wakegov they can access the floorplan of your home, your vehicles, your spouses vehicles, etc. This was not the first time a LEO has been targeted, its happened several times and the crimals have been caught with information on the officer. Gangs (yes there are gangs) in Raleigh have targeted officers and their families. They can access this info with one click of a button, and no record of who searches for it. If it's taken offline, there would at least be a record of who requested it from PR. (I actually believe that no ones information should be accessable like that). I realize they can get it using other outlets or means, but this is a state system that is providing criminals with information. Until you are in a LEO family, you cannot fathom what you have to deal with.
justmy2cntz Jun 5, 1:19 p.m.
Haven't read all of the comments, but does anyone else find it odd to use this man's picture for this story? I was slightly confused when I saw it and read the title to this article. Maybe an image of a web address or something internet-related would've been better. I see how they tried to make the connection, but it just looks odd. #randomthought
Alexia Jun 5, 1:17 p.m.
So, this is because the parent of a prosecutor was kidnapped. So, this law will not fix that. That's precisely the kind of narrow-minded thinking that our lawmakers constantly exhibit. We end up with a broken patchwork of laws that are poorly constructed.
I'm with others here in saying that none of the information should be made public. That solves the problem and the law is simple.
cdurham Jun 5, 1:17 p.m.
Its not our right to know where people live when they can easily be put at risk by exposing the info. They risk their lives for us everyday. It doesn't bother me if they have a different rule for protection.
cringercat1862 Jun 5, 1:15 p.m.
I am friends with a cop that put lots of bad guys in prison. He cuts his grass while carrying a gun on his hip, waiting for the bad guys to retaliate. I say take everyones names off the lists.
JPE Jun 5, 1:15 p.m.
Ah, the truth comes out.
"Y'all vote us in, but once we get here we do as we please. If y'all don't like it, tough."
Boogalooboy Jun 5, 12:54 p.m.
Sounds like a Fed rule.... different rules for different folks... hmmmmmmm
immaannoid Jun 5, 12:48 p.m.
Doesn't this violate the Freedom of Information Act?
immaannoid Jun 5, 12:48 p.m.
JPE Jun 5, 12:46 p.m.
And, now, folks, if you go to speak your mind against this to you local legislator, you'll be arrested.
So much for "no taxation without representation."
I Have a Discernible Chin Jun 5, 12:36 p.m.
Everyone should have their records made private. This isn't 1790 when things like public records and using petitions to get things done are the best way to do things. I don't want everybody to know what property I own and what guns I may or may not have. None of their business and serves no purpose.
immaannoid Jun 5, 12:35 p.m.
Typical. Special laws for government thieves and the rest of us have to suffer.
pw Jun 5, 12:33 p.m.
It's not in the public's interest to know where I live, what kind of car I drive, How many children I have, what school district they are in....It's ludicris and none of your business. As far as knowing who paid their taxes their is an office for that. If your looking to gather information on someone then there should be a system as of who you are and why you are seeking this info what purpose of this is to you? and what are you going to use this information for? except to be nosey. You should not remain anonymous if you are seeking information. America needs to step up the privacy. This it's my right to know just because is absurd.
Footflash Jun 5, 12:30 p.m.
No. I am a low level State Empolyee who makes benefit critcal decisions for the public. Can I have my name and information removed? What about a private citizen in an HR role, who hires and fires? Sorry fellas, it's part of the job.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2015-01-14 14:37:58