SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A 37-year-old investigative journalist that works for a local ABC outlet in Utah has been called out online for doxing a local paramedic who allegedly donated $10 to a legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse back in 2020.
This investigative journalist went so far as to go to this paramedic’s home and publish his name online, all in the name of “investigative journalism.”
Stalking is a crime.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 18, 2021
Jason Nguyen is the 37-year-old investigative journalist that decided to pen the article called “Utah Paramedic Donates to Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund After Arrest,” where this Salt Lake City-based journalist decided to use his personal & ABC 4’s platform to dox a paramedic for donating $10 to Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund back on August 30th, 2020.
We at Law Enforcement Today will not be releasing the paramedic’s information in this article.
Nguyen was able to obtain the personal information of this paramedic by way of a data breach that outed the information of numerous individuals that donated money Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund.
To get an understanding of the blatantly lacking significance of a $10 donation that this paramedic allegedly made, Rittenhouse was able to make bail that was set at $2,000,000 following his arrest in 2020.
Overall, this paramedic allegedly contributed 0.000005% of the funds needed for the Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting suspect to achieve bail.
— Raymond (@ColumbusRay) April 18, 2021
And after taking all that into consideration, Jason Nguyen felt that this $10 contribution warranted a story that doxed this individual.
We at Law Enforcement Today do not use the term “doxing” lightly, but what this purportedly investigative journalist did is exactly that.
In Nguyen’s report, he released the individual’s first and last name, released the name of his current employer, and went to the individual’s home and even published that photo online for anyone and everyone to see this person’s personal residence.
Being that I myself am an investigative journalist for Law Enforcement Today, I take the role seriously – along with the ethical standards associated with that role.
Furthermore, our entire team does here as well.
“A data breach at a crowdfunding website” is a fancy way if saying @abc4utah is using hacked and unverifiable material to target a private citizen for doing something perfectly legal. This really is bad form from a great station that does important work.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 18, 2021
When it comes to journalistic integrity, specifically in the matter of what to publish and not publish, therein lies the realm of what is known as a “noteworthy” or “newsworthy” person.
An individual donating to the legal defense fund of a defendant presumed innocent in the amount of $10, who was neither an elected official or a notable celebrity, does not fall within the scope of someone being noteworthy or newsworthy.
When reviewing Jason Nguyen’s personal bio from Salt Lake City’s ABC 4 website, he purportedly specializes in “investigating crimes, holding government officials accountable, or digging into the issues surrounding first responder’s mental health.”
For Jason Nguyen to proclaim that he likes “digging into issues surrounding first responders mental health,” it seems rather bizarre that he would seize an opportunity to dox a private citizen that is a paramedic – a.k.a., a first responder.
Once again, looking back to Jason Nguyen’s ABC 4 profile, he notes that he looks “forward to telling stories that come from the heart,” and that his “goal is to share stories that matter to everyday people.”
But doxing a private citizen doesn’t seem like a story that would or should “matter to everyday people” – nor would one likely call it a story that comes “from the heart.”
There is frankly no good reason for Jason Nguyen to have published this private citizen’s personal information to include showcasing this man’s home address.
Furthermore, the actions taken by this ABC 4 News reporter has the propensity to put this paramedic in danger due to the contentious nature of the story that Jason Nguyen has managed to craft out of a $10 donation to a legal defense fund.
Hey there @abc4utah you guys didn't answer the phone and can't be PMd here. However, I'm covering a story about your employee Jason Nguyen, the man who allegedly doxxed a local paramedic. If you have any comments, please respond to this tweet with your comment on the matter.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) April 19, 2021
I have personally reached out to Jason Nguyen, and ABC 4 for comment on this matter – to which I have received no response back yet as of this writing.
Please follow us at Law Enforcement Today as we continue to provide updates on this matter.
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Seattle police officers placed on leave after allegedly attending event in Washington DC, being doxxed by media
January 10, 2021
SEATTLE, WA – According to Seattle Police Department officials, two officers within the SPD have been placed on leave after the two allegedly attended the D.C. protest/riot.
From what department officials say, investigators are trying to determine if:
A) If the officers were even at the D.C. during the incident
B) If they attended, did they participate in any of the illegal activities that occurred
C) If any of their alleged activities, legal or not, were in violation of SPD policies
Chief Adrian Diaz announced on January 8th that two of the department’s officers – who have not been identified by name – may have been present in D.C. on January 6th when the Capitol Building was breached.
It’s unclear as to what led SPD officials to suspect that two officers were present during the protest/riot in the nation’s capitol, as it wasn’t clarified whether said suspicion was ascertained through possible video, photographic, or mere testimonial evidence.
However, Seattle-based editor-at-large for Newsweek, Naveed Jamali, claimed that the two officers were a husband and wife and that one or both of them posted pictures to their personal social media accounts showcasing that they were present at the nation’s capitol.
The two officers are a husband and wife who posted social media pictures of themselves, along side a third former SPD officer in the nations capital on Jan 6. While there is no evidence they participated in any criminal activity, it is unclear they reported it to their CoC.
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) January 9, 2021
When speaking on the matter and internal investigation, Chief Diaz stated the following:
“The Department fully supports all lawful expressions of First Amendment freedom of speech, but the violent mob and events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol were unlawful and resulted in the death of another police officer.”
Andrew Myerberg, who serves as the director of the Office of Police Accountability, also commented on the matter, simply noting that there’s reason to believe two SPD officers were present in D.C. on January 6th and that the allegations are being looked into:
“At this point, we are aware of two current SPD officers who are believed to have attended the protests in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.”
“We do not yet know the extent of their participation and will be determining this as we proceed through the case. We will also be investigating whether there were any other SPD employees who may have been involved.”
Myerberg continued from there, noting that at this time there’s general ambiguity as to whether merely being present at the protest alone, and not involved in any sort of criminal activity that transpired at the Capitol Building, could fall under violating SPD policy:
“The fundamental question will be, ‘Is being present at the rally in and of itself a violation of department policy?’ And I just don’t know that yet. I think it really depends on what they did and what their role was in those events.”
This is an ongoing investigation.
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