Cops, District Attorneys Are Out There For Criminals To TargetBy Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Thousands of present and former law enforcement officials find themselves caught in the crosshairs. Their names — and home addresses — are popping up on web sites after they were given out by the New York State Police, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer has learned exclusively.

Frank Shea is a much decorated former NYPD homicide cop who’s seen his share of gun battles. Now he’s worried about being caught in yet another one, only this time it could be a shot he might not expect from one of the criminals he’s sent to jail.

“There’s no question in my mind that at some point it’s going to cost somebody their life,” Shea said. “It’s one thing to say that a person works at 26 Federal Plaza or 1 Police Plaza, but when you put it on-line that the person lives at so and so address and describes their family situation in some of these cases, it’s unconscionable.”

Shea is referring to the fact that web sites have recently been popping up with the names of thousands of law enforcement officials — and where they live, people who have arrested terrorists, murderers, gang members, drug dealers, all of whom with a motive for revenge. Ironically, the data comes from the New York State Police listings of people with gun permits.

And what’s even scarier is that it’s not just uniformed police officers whose names and home addresses are now on the Web.

“There are district attorney’s names on these lists who prosecuted some of the most violent criminals in the history of the United States. You have police officers who were deep undercover. Federal agents who worked deep undercover,” Shea said.

Lawyer Kenneth Mollins represents a number of former law enforcement officials who are trying to get Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a law blocking the state police from making pistol permit information public.

He also wants the state to force the websites to take the information down.

“If you make the dissemination of the information illegal you can go in and you can confiscate the website,” Mollins said.

Mollins said in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden it’s even more important to act.

“If the Navy SEALs retired from the Navy, the ones that just got Osama bin Laden and have a pistol in New York, their home addresses and their names if they ever become public will be out there,” Mollins said.

A spokesman for the governor said he is reviewing the matter.

A spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association points out that victims of stalkers or domestic abuse are also at risk. She said the database will provide a quote “lighted pathway” for those who seek to harm them.

Are you stunned by this? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Marcia Kramer

Comments (30)
  1. ciaco says:

    I just heard out about this and found that my wife and I are listed along with our current address. Neither of us are or were connected in any way to any police organization. In theory someone could use this list to find a target to steal their weapon. I am not very happy about this law and can’t fathom what purpose it serves other than some anti gun organization. With world economies verging on collapse this is not a comforting thought that we could potentially be future targets because of this list.

  2. Talara Dawn says:

    funny isn’t it, they don’t like being a “regular” citizen. I Am being horrifically harassed, followed, false charges, threatening of my liife from the Elk City Police Dept in Elk City Okla. They won’t follow protocol of me being attacked by a black man who sent me to the ER via ambulance. Judge refused me a protective order. It all started when I discovered the hidden bank account that the State of Okla had ben suspicious of yet could not find. A group of kids unimaginabe exploitation, state & federal embezzlement & what did I get in return for locating that hidden bank account…more horrors from the police, DA, Judges, local Dr’s, my mother attacked, loved one’s harassed/threatened, pets hung from my back fence. The list is mindboggling!!! Yet I still assist the police in cases, for I do not hold what these bad ones do against those who belong in this honorable profession. Want evidence? I’ve got lots on this!!

  3. jim says:

    And oh yeah their addresses to. What a joke.

  4. jim says:

    New York State Police lets see. They are the bill collector for the state. Write more tickets to justify their salary. Release names for what, cause they can. What a shame. Lets list the names of all the troopers. Hows that?

    1. Nick says:

      The Nazi’s made Jewish ancestry a matter of Public Records too. It’s ok if it’s Public Records, right?

  5. Pete Cooper says:

    Pistol Permit records in NY State are Public Records. The application process starts at the county level, and are public records. The State Police are the place for a central depository of the permits, and, by statute declared to be public records. The State Police objected to the records being public, they pointed out to the NY State legislature their reasons from the beginnings of of the FOIL program…So, Why are people amazed that the NYSP obeys the law?

  6. Bell Toller says:

    The State Police did nothing wrong here. It is public record. People can go to people finders or zaba search and find out where people live.

  7. Albert says:

    Again “satan” had his way. The courts should”ve had the authority to stop this from happening.My God, please protect our law inforcement oficers. In the name of Jesus I pray. Thank You. Amen.

  8. Nick says:

    Typical anti-gun lunacies. Releasing information on everyone who did things they don’t like – like getting a gun permit. Nazi Germany did much the same. Now why would lunatics like Hitler and Bloomberg hate for private citizens to be able to defend themselves?

  9. gjk says:

    NYS Police are idiots
    Having worked with them, they are incompetent and stupid.
    Their job should require a college degree with a major in logic.
    And they should knock the chips off their shoulder, commonly known as “Wyatt Earp Syndrome”

  10. Tom says:

    Glad I wasn’t a cop in NY

  11. Joe says:

    They have to release under FOIL, Freedom of Information Law. You people want information that the government has now you have to suffer the consequences.

    1. Rob says:

      Wrong….Personal data such as names and addresses are not requestable through FOIL..

      Nothing in this article shall require the disclosure of the home address of an officer or employee, former officer or employee, or of a retiree of a public employees’ retirement system; nor shall anything in this article require the disclosure of the name or home address of a beneficiary of a public employees’ retirement system or of an applicant for appointment to public employment; provided however, that nothing in this subdivision shall limit or abridge the right of an employee organization, certified or recognized for any collective negotiating unit of an employer pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law, to obtain the name or home address of any officer, employee or retiree of such employer, if such name or home address is otherwise available under this article.

  12. LEO says:

    I guess the person or people in the NYS Police had not brains to think of the consequences of putting the identities out for all the world to see. No foresight, no thought process. Seems a bit like our politicians at work. And the news media just loves this !!!

  13. reformed2 says:

    I looked at the web site some time ago but don’t remember the name of the site, but my name, as well as numerous others I know personally, were on it. As the officer quoted above: It’s just a matter of time before some previous collar takes revenge.

  14. Chris says:

    Where is this list available? Anybody have a website?



  16. bronson says:

    It’s a sick world and getting sicker.

  17. RichieT says:

    This article should NEVER have been posted. How many people would have known they could get access to all this personal info if the article hadn’t been posted on-line. I wouldn’t.
    The problem is, “common sense”, isn’t common anymore. This proves it.

  18. RichieT says:

    There are allot of things that are guaranteed by the Constitution. Unfortunately, intelligence isn’t one of them.

  19. BUSHMASTER says:

    NYS is run by idiots! The person/s responsible for this should be hunted down and publicly horsewhipped. It is insane for any licenced gun owners name and address to be public on the net law enforcement or not. There is absolutely no valid reason for this to be public. NEW YORK STATE SUCKS!!!!!!!

  20. carlrosen says:

    Why can’t the article say WHY the NY State Police released this info in the first place? Who’s idea was it to list this info on a web site?

  21. bill burns says:

    MAYOR BLOOMBERG is behind this. He sponsored this legislation.He’s no friend to anyone except lunatics in an asylum.

  22. Ian Flemming says:

    Published by social bigots on a Freedom of Information Act request to the NYSP because they want others to refuse to do business with LICENSE holders, refuse to allow their children to associate with gun owning families and make them targets for criminals. Police and public officials are just a small percentage of the names out there.

  23. surewewill says:

    Questions not answered by this news piece. Who authorized NYS Police to release this information? What was the purpose? Did they just unilaterally release the information? Something is missing here.

    1. a says:

      Because the gun grabbers (The NY Times has published this list) have a field day getting this list released every year. I understand the right to public information but this is a matter of public safety, not just for the LEOs, but for gun permit holders themselves. This information is like a map to finding a gun for a criminal.

  24. Wayne says:

    This is insane! Is it going to take murder of a law enforcement or DA to have the information removed from the web? Which idiot approved this…

  25. StormsNYC says:

    I’m sorry, but isn’t the bigger concern the fact that they are listing people that have gun permits? This means anyone that can access this information, go to that address, break in, and likely steal one or more guns? Sounds to me like this is a much larger problem that affects everyone, not just law enforcement officers, ex-miliarty, or domestic abuse victims.

    1. Alfred says:

      I’m shocked.Not really.Just another issue of “what’s wrong with this picture?”To whom will this information benefit?If the system feels that everyone has the right to know who may be carrying a gun LEGALLY or in which house there might be a gun then I guess that’s the American way..Now be serious,don’t apply for a gun permit, buy one at your local drug dealer area and keep it just in case you have to save your life or that of your family.For the law enforcement people,one question:How many people do you know or have arrested did actual time in jail for packing a illegal gun.?

    2. Joe says:

      The last time I looked pistol permit holders didn’t place people in jail for a part of their lives. Yes the permit thing is a very big deal but this is something that can and may just get someone killed out of revenge.

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