Media

Media Coverage

While LEOAFFAIRS.COMTM has enjoyed national press coverage on television and in print, we want users to keep our role of being a Law Enforcement Website geared towards Officer Rights in perspective.  Providing this forum to LEOs inevitably brings up issues involving First Amendment Rights and Freedom of Speech.  We have gone to great lengths to maintain the integrity of this site and it’s Message Boards by instituting the use of hundreds of Moderators and Staff personnel over them.  However, there will always be those who challenge these rights, especially if the ones executing them are LEOs.

Law Enforcement Officers are likely to talk about racial issues and sexual matters due to the nature of their jobs, but this does not make them racists and/or sexists.  Some outside the realm of law enforcement (including the media) have trouble understanding this from time to time.  Please understand that the premise of this site involves its use for the spirited debate of sometimes controversial topics.  With proper moderation, this can be a huge benefit to the LEO sub culture that was otherwise unfulfilled until now.

The incident involving the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) suing Unknown John and Jane Doe Deputies was one we felt compelled to get involved in.  The Sheriff sought the IP addresses of posters who he felt were violating internal policies.  We stood up for the deputies who were being sued by their Sheriff and won.  LEOAFFAIRS.COMTM also represented the deputies in the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal to further preserve the deputies’ right to Free Speech and won again, thus creating case law.  We have since met with HCSO Sheriff David Gee and implemented additional measures to address the concerns he had with the Message Boards.  We do not have an adversarial relationship with the HCSO and, quite frankly, think highly of Sheriff David Gee.

11/12/2009 So Who Will Replace John Timoney?PDF
06/18/2009 Collier deputies told to stay away from making comments online, or elsePDF
08/04/2009 Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office to eliminate all on-campus tobacco use – But, at least on LEOAFFAIRS.COM, a law enforcement chat room notorious for its merciless, anonymous critiques, most of the feedback Monday was positivePDF
08/27/2008 Cop Talk – How LEOAFFAIRS.COM Grew From A Tampa-Based Experiment To Become An International Phenomenon Creative Loafing
08/27/2008 The Photoshop™ Cop Adobe PhotoshopNews.com
08/27/2008 The Photoshop™ Cop Creative Loafing
07/30/2008 Cop Talk – Why LEOAFFAIRS.COM is a gold mine Creative Loafing
03/07/2007 Cops Are Bloggers
01/22/2007 Homeless shelter or media debacle? LEOAFFAIRS.COM has a thread going showing a less hostile side of the Police than news reports have given us.
01/20/2007 Fair Or Foul?  Opinions Split On Ticketing Of Detective’s Wife
04/13/2006 To cuff or not to cuff?
03/23/2006 LEOAFFAIRS.COM interviewed by The Washington Post
HCSO vs Anonymous John and Jane Doe Deputies
07/31/2006 Even a minor victory is worthwhile in quest for free speech
07/17/2006 Florida Sheriff Loses Appeal over Web Postings
03/01/2006 Web posts remain anonymousThe Brechner Report Cover * PDF
01/04/2006 Judge Shields Deputies’ Online Identities
01/04/2006 Bid denied to identify Web postings
10/01/2005 Judge allows sheriff to subpoena Internet recordsThe Brechner Report 2nd page * PDF
09/09/2005 Law Officer Web Site Fights Subpoenas
09/01/2005 Sheriff’s Office overreaches
08/27/2005 Constitution Trumps Request By Sheriff’s Office For Names
08/27/2005 Sheriff’s Web critics stay unnamed
08/26/2005 Judge protects sheriff’s criticsMSN
08/25/2005 Sheriff Wins Access To Law Enforcement Web Sites Records
08/25/2005 Sheriff gets win against Web site
08/17/2005 Sheriff, mom meet to discuss baby’s 1997 disappearance
08/17/2005 Free speech is our right, but it isn’t always right
08/11/2005 Sounding Off On The Sheriff
08/05/2005 Sheriff’s threat just draws fire on Internet
08/04/2005 Hillsborough County Sheriff Sues Anonymous Chat Room Posters
08/04/2005 Sheriff’s Office Sues To ID Deputies Behind Web Posts
08/04/2005 Sheriff’s Office sues forum for law officers
08/04/2005 HCSO sues forum for law officers
08/03/2005 Sheriff’s Office Sues To ID Deputies Behind Web PostsMSNBC
06/23/2005 Married To The Law
03/10/2005 Deputies’ commute can now be in cruiser
05/01/2004 Police administrators want chat room closed
06/01/2004 Officers Air Their Views OnlinePDF
01/18/2004 Officer chat site set to expandPDF