Add Peoria, Illinois to the list of cities who post the names and photographs of suspected johns befor they’re ever tried or convicted.
Peoria takes it a step further, though. The city’s police department leaves the names and photos up, even if the suspects are acquitted. One man arrested for solicitation who was later acquitted is suing.
The police reaction?
Settingsgaard, however, stands behind his officers and defends his department’s Web postings, regardless of a court verdict.
“If you are on our Web site, you approached an undercover officer and either offered money for sex, or sex for money. That is it,” he wrote in his message on the Journal Star site.
“Not being charged does not negate that you were arrested. Not being convicted does not negate your arrest,” he wrote.
I think someone should start a website posting the names and photos of bumblefuck police officials who don’t understand the Bill of Rights.
Thanks to Glen Whitman for the tip. Glen incidentally, recently wrote a paper on paternalism for Cato. I’ve been meaning to post on it, but have been too swamped of late to give it a look. It’s on my to-read list. Given Glen’s other work (including guest blogging on this site), and that the esteemed Will Wilkinson (also a former guest blogger here) commissioned and edited the paper, I’m sure it’s terrific.