NYPD Reviews Social-Media Policies After Cops Change Wikipedia Entries


Two New York City police officers who used an police department server to change a Wikipedia page on the death of Eric Garner won't be punished, says commissioner William Bratton, the New York Daily News reports. “I don't anticipate any punishment, being quite frank with you, other than the admonishment advising them on department policy,” Bratton said of the two cops, who changed details on the page to put the officers involved in a better light.

Internet use for department members is regulated on a three-tier system, in which higher ranks have access to more sites, he said. The two officers involved did not have clearance to access the sites, he said. Several Wikipedia entries have been edited by users on the NYPD's server since 2006, Capital New York reported, including entries on Garner, Stop and Frisk, and the police shootings of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell. Police officials are reviewing the department's social media policies, Bratton said.

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