Thursday, April 13, 2006

Message Boards as a Security Measure

The Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police will monitor more closely an online message board that some officers have used to post disparaging messages about colleagues, immigrants and other community residents, a union spokesman said yesterday.

Union President Walter Bader is expected to announce at a news conference today that the union intends to block access to members who post racist, sexist or other inappropriate remarks, said Lanny Davis, a lawyer and public affairs expert hired to represent the union on what has become a controversial issue.

"The intention is to have more eyeballs on a real-time basis reviewing the postings," said Davis, who worked as special counsel for the Clinton White House in the late 1990s. "Until now, that hasn't been the case."

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