Memphis police officials are suing to discover a blogger’s identity because a photo of an undercover officer was posted online, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The lawsuit also contends that the MPD Enforcer 2.0 blog is violating trademark and other laws by using Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin’s image and the department’s Blue CRUSH logo. Although the suit was sealed in Memphis, a copy was also filed in Loudon County, Va., where AOL, the company hosting the blog, is based.
“The claims are overblown, at best,” said Paul Levy of the Public Citizen Litigation Group. “It’s obvious that this is just an attempt at intimidation. They want to threaten identification of the blogger [so that] it will discourage the blogger and other people who post.” The blog, mpdenforcer20.blogspot.com, is highly critical of Godwin and his leadership of the department. The photo in question, posted April 18, apparently showed the undercover officer at a party. It has since been removed.