Raw footage of my attorney Stephen Wyse and myself delivering a complaint to the Springfield Police Department in Springfield, MO. The complaint was to notify the department they were violating the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act by broadcasting social security numbers over a public dispatch channel.
On June 16, 2017 I delivered a complaint to the Springfield Missouri Police Department. The complaint stemmed from an investigation I conducted that uncovered numerous alleged violations of the federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act. Stephen Wyse, my civil rights attorney, accompanied me on my mission.
The complaint alleged that Springfield police officers, along with Greene County Sheriff’s deputies, and Springfield-Greene County Emergency 911 employees were broadcasting social security numbers over publicly available dispatch channels. The incidents were occurring when law enforcement officers came into contact with citizens lacking a state ID. The officers seemed to have a policy of requesting the person give them a name, date of birth, and social security number, which they would then read over the air to the dispatch center on an unprotected channel.
While at the police station, we encountered Springfield Police Department Detective Matthew Farmer. Farmer had previously confronted and Citizens For Justice camera man Matthew Akins and I as we filmed the Springfield Police Department General Headquarters from a public street. In that incident Detective Farmer demanded to know why we were filming, while initially ignoring repeated requests by Akins to identify himself. Detective Farmer eventually provided a badge number as he left the scene.
Video of our confrontation with Springfield Police Department Detective Matt Farmer
Detective Farmer was less confrontational this time, choosing to return to the restricted area of the police department instead of engaging in a substantive dialogue with us.
Amanda Callaway, a civil attorney for the City of Springfield eventually showed up to receive the complaint. Amanda declined to take a flash drive that contained recordings of the broadcasts, citing department policy meant to protect against viruses and hackers. She informed us she could accept a CD instead.
I presented my argument and told Callaway that this was personal to me, as I had been the victim of identity theft and that I didn’t want other people to suffer the same. Callaway informed me she was sorry to hear that and said she would review the complaint and get back to the us.
Stay tuned for further updates.
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Previous Coverage of From Citizens For Justice:
My interview with Citizen For Justice pertaining to the illegal release of personal information by the Springfield Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, and Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Center