Nationwide: If you’re a law enforcement officer, it is in your best interest to remain as anonymous as possible- especially online.
Although most people believe it is very difficult to find someone’s personal information online, it is not.
In a quick experiment, we googled ‘Federal judges in Texas’, we clicked on the first link that was provided which brought us to a long list of judges. We then randomly selected a U.S. magistrate judge and googled his name.
The results were startling.
We quickly were pointed to three individuals with the same name that live in Texas. It only took a matter of a few minutes to narrow down who the person we were looking for by deductive reasoning.
We then focused on that individual and was able to find a home address, which we then looked on Google maps street view to check out the home.
The website that provided the information also gave us options to look even deeper, for a fee of course. That included the spouse’s information, email addresses, previous addresses, phone numbers and divorce information.
It was stunning.
Revenge Against Authority
We have all heard stories of judges and lawyers being hunted down by disgruntled former clients turned felons. These same felons just won’t let go of the past and hold others responsible for their outcomes. On the surface, this is not logical- but most criminal mindsets don’t operate logically.
Several years ago, a case involving a local judge, Michael Cicconetti of Painesville, Ohio, was alerted by local detectives who uncovered a plot from a couple of angry people, a husband-and-wife duo, to exact revenge against the judge.
According to the ABC News article that covered the story, it stated:
“Police had uncovered an elaborate plot to kill not only Judge Mike, but also the mayor, the local prosecutor and the police chief. The alleged perpetrators? Joseph Sands and Dawn Holin, a couple whom Cicconetti had sentenced to a few days of jail time and a $150 fine for failing to file local taxes on their auto repair shop.”
The article continued by providing a statement by Judge Cicconetti, which stated:
“‘They [the detectives] said, ‘I want you to listen to this,’ Cicconetti said. ‘And I heard someone saying that they wanted to bomb my house…they were going to come in and kill me and my family. I go, ‘whoa.'”
Thankfully the investigators were able to foil the plot and prevent a sure tragedy.
But the couple is far from the only ones. Countless other people bare resentment for the punishment they receive. They hold onto this anger and will only settle it after they have passed it on to someone else- typically in the form of anger and violence.
It is scary but also a fact of life.
An Inmate’s Perspective
In a troubling and disturbing interview with Ronald Dudas, an experienced inmate from Justice Center in Cleveland, Ohio he confirmed this scary dynamic.
In the interview with ABC News, Dudas stated:
“You come in here, and you’re around 15… other inmates [are] all saying the same thing, ‘I hate the judge, I can’t believe he gave me this, I’d like to see something happen to him, I’d like to break his legs.”
“As an inmate and as a convict and as a convicted felon, we don’t want to accept the responsibility most of the times. We want to pass that off to somebody else. You get so frustrated that anger just — it spills out from every pore that you have. You’re consumed by this, this thought of revenge.”
Police officers fall in the same realm as judges when it comes to criminals bearing anger over their situation. It is not a stretch for a criminal to say to himself ‘if that cop wasn’t driving down the road and being nosy (while they were committing a crime) I would’ve gotten away with this. It’s their fault I’m in jail.’
That sounds ludicrous- but that is the criminal mindset.
And that same criminal, once released from jail, can easily get his revenge. All he needs is a computer or phone and internet access and he can start researching the officer. Then he just needs a plan to get revenge- and it sure won’t be nice.
Someone may be planning something against you right now as you’re reading this.
As an LEO, there is something you can do to stay a step ahead. Websites like OfficerPrivacy.com can help. They have a complex technical system that wipes your information from the internet to make you virtually invisible to the online world. They can make you extremely difficult, if not impossible to find, especially to the common criminal who aims to get his revenge.
Don’t leave your safety to chance, go to officerprivacy.com today.