Texas tabloid threatens to publish names of officers involved in shootings

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SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — The Texas tabloid, the San Antonio Observer, is making headlines for reportedly threatening to publish the names and addresses of police officers who are involved in a shooting.

The owner of the Observer said the weekly newspaper never planned to publish officers’ addresses. Their goal was to make police think twice before firing their weapon at a person.

However, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or Cleat, are taking this threat very seriously and looking to take legal action. They fear the leak of officer’s private information.

The Executive Director of Cleat, Charley Wilkison, said “This is America, you can say whatever you want, but when you move to take direct action to endanger the lives of law enforcement families, then that’s when we are going to take action as well.”

The owner of the San Antonio Observer said he did not want his name released. In a phone interview he told KXAN that the addresses of police officers would not be published, but they are looking into what information they can legally publish.

“The mindset is that they can get away with it, but what if an officer had to worry about retribution outside of the law,” said the San Antonio Observer owner. “Based on his actions that may or may not be deemed criminal later, would he be so quick to pull that trigger.”

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