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Anonymous Goes After Miami Police Officer Who Doxed An Innocent Woman (softpedia.com) 174

An anonymous reader writes: After Miami resident Claudia Castillo noticed a cop speeding down the freeway without a siren, she pulled him over and told him to stop going so fast. The cop's police union chief, Javier Ortiz, decided to take the woman's private details and put them on his Facebook account, asking friends to call her and give her a piece of their mind. Of course, harassment ensued. Now, Anonymous hackers have decided to return the favor and dox the police union chief as payback. For once, these hacktivists did something useful.
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Anonymous Goes After Miami Police Officer Who Doxed An Innocent Woman

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  • Report + Judgment (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:00AM (#51602885)

    > For once, these hacktivists did something useful.

    Up until that, the submission was good. Why the judgement in the summary? Is that trolling? Report - then let people discuss.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:10AM (#51602937)

      But it was anonymous that made the submission. Come on dude, pay attention.

    • by retroworks ( 652802 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:19AM (#51602957) Homepage Journal
      Wait, did they finish shutting down ISIS already?
    • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:20AM (#51602961) Homepage Journal

      Actually what might be useful is figuring out whether the officer misused confidential information in a way that is either illegal or against department policy.

      • by sumdumass ( 711423 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:38AM (#51603027) Journal

        I was wondering the same thing. Either way, I don't think activity like this should be happening from a cop or any public official in response tto any public interactions from citizens regardless of any legalities. How can anyone be expected to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances if they are harassed and menaced by that same government.

      • by ArchieBunker ( 132337 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @12:08PM (#51603179) Homepage

        Cops can straight up murder someone and receive no punishment. I'm sure this guy will get the book thrown at him for misusing department computers.

        • Re:Report + Judgment (Score:4, Interesting)

          by AthanasiusKircher ( 1333179 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @04:06PM (#51604339)

          Cops can straight up murder someone and receive no punishment.

          Technically, that's not true. Murder requires intent to kill, and it cannot be a "justifiable" homicide.

          If a police officer randomly targets someone and deliberately kills him/her with no provocation, they should be charged with murder -- and will be if the investigation is honest. (Yes, I know in practice that police are often corrupt and try to "protect their own," but legally, a cop is responsible in a situation like this.)

          The problems tend to come in more in the ambiguous cases, where there's some provocation or threat, and police did not attempt a less lethal solution even where one could have handled the situation. These are arguments about "judgment calls" that unfortunately tend to usually favor the police.

          Even more disconcerting, from my perspective, are cases that involve negligence or reckless disregard for safety. In most of those cases, police are generally granted straight-out immunity, even if their actions resulted in someone's death. Technically, these are NOT "murder," but usually some form of manslaughter or negligent homicide from a legal perspective. But police are rarely held accountable for such actions.

          Actual murder, though, with proven intent? If you have that, even a cop can be convicted and punished accordingly.

          • by HiThere ( 15173 )

            You are responding as if you believe the police are being tried by an unbiased court. There is much evidence that cases doubt upon that assumption.

          • by jthill ( 303417 )

            Murder requires intent to kill

            A person is presumed to intend the reasonably foreseeable consequences of his voluntary act

            [Technically,] cases that involve negligence or reckless disregard for safety [...] are NOT "murder"

            Yes, they are. The line between manslaughter and murder is "behaves in a way that shows extreme, reckless disregard for life and results in the victim's death".

          • I was lead to believe that training and escalation of force rules basically say that once an American cop is using lethal force that their intention is supposed to be to kill.
            As in, they're not supposed to aim for shoulder or leg or wounding shots -- they're supposed to do center of mass body shots that will put the target down / kill them.

            Most lethal force would still fall, arguably, under justifiable homicide but your "proven intent" argument seems poor.
            I could buy an ignorant, untrained person shooting a

      • Not only accessing database without cause, but if they were federal databases or cost the county money (credit ratings), that could be malfeasance in office. Accessing a federal database illegally, cause for federal felony charges. It's about time this privacy issue come the front. Government officials have a too cavalry opinion of themselves. More need to be in jail. I wonder if their databases have access logs along with a case number the access was authorized by. If not that would be a good start to keep
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by davester666 ( 731373 )

        It is virtually impossible for a police officer to do such a thing, as you can tell by the number of convictions, terminations or even suspensions of a police officer for doing something "wrong".

        • by hey! ( 33014 )

          While what you say is true, it may not apply in this case. In general juries give a huge benefit of the doubt to police in doing things which are justified in certain situations. Sometimes it's legitimate for a cop to split someone's head open with a night stick, to tase someone, or to shoot someone dead. There's a strong presumption that a cop doing these things is justified, because jurors are afraid of crime and don't want cops to be hampered by doubts. It's an irrational position, but it's understan

      • That would be to add additional charges to him, since I'm pretty sure doxing and cyberbullying are illegal in most of this country if not all of it.
      • Either way I'm fairly sure it counts as police harassment, which is also illegal.

        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          It seems likely she would be in a fairly good position to for a a colour of law prosecution by the FBI for infringement upon her rights as it is clear the intent is harassment this done in a conspiratorial fashion by the police union puts in into RICO territory and it's nature to alter the political stance of the individual with regards to their beliefs about police authority and accountability also counts as terrorist charges. The intent was to put the fear of death into the victim, taking into account th

      • by kmoser ( 1469707 )
        If she pulled him over, how did the police ever get her name and address?
    • by Falos ( 2905315 )
      Like this is the first time /. has put spin into the summary?

      Even choice of article is something an agenda causes. Even if the userbase gets tired of it after The Year of the YouKnowWhat.
    • by epine ( 68316 )

      I felt there was a lot more of these trollish summary statements a while back. It would be nice to see this gone completely.

      Sure, it starts discussion, but it starts a bad discussion and then heroic posts to get the discussion back on track again, but by then half the readers have skimmed, gagged, and moved along leaving behind a trail of short sentences from contributors with the poorest sense of smell.

    • Anonymous has a huge tendency to target the wrong people and have done so very publicly many times. Just look it up.
      Shall we mention, for a small example, a certain credit card company that didn't use sufficient security with their customers data and it got stolen, so then Anonymous goes and posts the customers personal information. Wow, talk about targeting the victim! I guess they couldn't get around to posting the companies financials, or the details about the company officers so they'd know what it feel
  • by Anonymous Coward

    One, how come the union haters are silent when it comes to the police union?

    In the end, the whole story is even more ridiculous because Mrs. Castillo, as well as the cop she pulled over, Officer Fonticella, both have a history of bad driving....

    The should know better an act professionally. Comparing Mrs. Castillo's driving to the cop's is asinine.

    • One, how come the union haters are silent when it comes to the police union?

      Because they need the police to protect them from the pissed off Union members they've been antagonizing.

      • Re: (Score:2, Flamebait)

        by sumdumass ( 711423 )

        Not in Florida. They can just stand their ground and relegate the police to a secretarial position.

        It is likely because in a lot of areas the police ditched the "to protect and serve" moto for the newer "to harass and menace" as illustrated by this story.

        • Only if you believe the line of those harassing cops, such as the blatantly racist BLM.

        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          If you think you're making a joke, the Colorado State Patrol literally carried the moto "We're your worst nightmare" for a while. Not their official moto, but they sure printed it on a lot of their official public communications. They were all posed around a Corvette trying to look as bad ass as possible, and clearly aimed at speeders, but even then, they're not supposed to be trying to be the speeders worst nightmare, they're supposed to try to keep the roads safe. A good police force should never want

        • That's true only if you believe the line of those that harass cops, such as the blatantly racist BLM.

          • So you are saying this person is blatantly racist and harassing cops and deserves to have the head of the police union organize retaliation towards her/him?

        • That's true only if you are towing the line of those that harass cops, such as the blatantly racist BLM.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    >For once, these hacktivists did something useful.
    Cmon.

  • https://ghostbin.com/paste/v8gh8

  • After Miami resident, Claudia Castillo, noticed a cop speeding down the freeway

    In cases like this, when you use commas to add further identification or distinction, you should be able to remove what's between the commas and still have it make sense:

    After Miami resident noticed a cop speeding down the freeway

    Nope.

  • by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:35AM (#51603011) Homepage

    He broke the law, got called out for it and then a buddy called for a mob to join in a conspiracy to commit the crime of harassing the woman. This is probably a violation of a state statute on stalking. Even if it isn't, the union head should be fired and blacklisted from working in a government position in Florida.

    Note: this is harassment. A constant stream of people retweeting your stuff, referencing you and stuff like that is not harassment. 90% of what happens on social media and gets called harassment these days is just someone refusing to acknowledge that when you post something in public, you are intrinsically inviting a public response. If you don't like that, use a privacy option. There is not such thing as privacy in public except with regard to what's under your clothes (and that's only outside of an airport).

    • No, that title belongs to the soon-to-be-identified-and-convicted individual who harassed the cops.

      Thankfully, despite Florida being a Southern state, you can't blackball unions.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 28, 2016 @12:18PM (#51603229)

      Many non-police don't understand police culture. As an inescapable consequence of how the brain adapts, cops understand non-cops as second-class citizens. Not only that, they largely see all non-cops as children; needing to be managed and disciplined because they are inherently immature (or just evil) people.

      A civilian calling a cop out is not unlike a child trying to punish an adult for breaking a rule that only applies to children. Not only does the rule not apply (at least in the cop's mind), but the child is being sassy and uppity and disrespectful and is not allowed to punish an adult.

      I am not saying this is right. Clearly it is not. I am just explaining why this sort of response is unavoidable. And cops don't start seeing the world like this just because they are jerks, but because the majority of their interaction with people fits neatly into either of two categories....person is a cop and is a decent person, person is not a cop and is a criminal. The brain cannot help but start seeing the world in these terms.

      I wonder if there is a way to address the root cause...how does one keep a cop busy doing police work but also mitigate the psychological damage police work does to a person?
       

      • by Immerman ( 2627577 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @12:42PM (#51603335)

        Doesn't seem like it should be too hard. Keep the police under constant surveillance (or at least protect public recording of their actions), and then, with 100% consistency, punish criminals in uniform to the maximum extent permitted by law. Plus further punishment for the violation of public trust. And that includes conspirators and accessories like the cop that stands by and does nothing while their partner commits a crime. Perhaps have something like a three strikes law - after your third violation you get a lifetime ban from ever serving any role within the legal system.

        The problem I think is largely not that they get extra power and privilege, but that they are not held accountable for their crimes. You get the same effect in a classroom where cheating has no consequences, it doesn't take long for cheating to go from an exception to the norm.

      • The sad thing is that, from the video I saw, the cop who got pulled over by the woman handled it in a reasonably professional manner. The head crybaby over at the union started the "We'll show her" nonsense. All that aside though, I agree with you about what police work seems to do the mind.

      • by voss ( 52565 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @01:23PM (#51603515)

        http://www.policestateusa.com/... [policestateusa.com]

        In 2011 a Florida Highway Patrol officer pulled over and cuffed a miami police officer for going 120 mph to a second job.
        The FHP officer was harassed by other cops.

        "After filing a public records request with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Watts discovered that her personal information had been pulled up by scores of officers from 25 different jurisdictions. Her data had been accessed more than 200 times total."

        • Much like the one parent in the room who says that maybe the other parent's little angels need to learn some manners gets ostracized. God help the first parent if they actually address the other parent's child.
      • by sjames ( 1099 )

        It used to be managed by the cop walking a beat. In that setup, most of the non-cops he would meet (and it was always he at that time) would be regular decent citizens.

        Outside of the urban environment, the communities tended to be small enough that he would see the rest of the people in his jurisdiction at church, the store, etc. If he screwed someone over, there was nowhere he could go where people didn't know it and his victim.

      • I recently heard a young man claim that he had become a sheepdog when he joined a local police department. That attitude really scares me. I tend to think of most of them as scarecrows.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Just because they did some things you don't agree with doesn't mean that was ALL they did. But it's a lot easier to pretend this is the case than to reassess your pique against Anonymous. Isn't it.

  • by Harold Halloway ( 1047486 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @11:49AM (#51603075)

    At least the cop didn't shoot her.

  • So far, "Anonymous" has a very poor track record of not being caught. They'll be found soon enough.

  • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @12:29PM (#51603277) Journal
    How do you pull a cop over? Because if I did that every time I saw a cop speeding, I would be pulling a lot of people over.
  • A little help (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 28, 2016 @01:11PM (#51603455)

    Full Name: Ivan Javier Ortiz Also Known As Ivan Javier Ortiz Javier Javi Ortiz Age: 50 Born in, Miami, FL ZodiacSign: Sagittarius Email: Ortiz@FOPmiami.com connected to: http://klout.com/JavierOrtizFO... [klout.com] (USN: JavierOrtizFOP) stsmp@gmail.com javiero@cinci.rr.com javior1@hotmail.com stsmp@hotmail.com Work Summary: President at Fraternal Order of Police Title: Sergeant Work: City Of Miami Location: 1000 NW 62nd St, Miami, FL 33150 Numbers: 305-854-5019 COMMON LANGUAGE Location Identifier Code: MIAMFLBA85E Operating Company Number: 9417 305-795-2300 Previous Jobs: Sergeant Of Police Vice President MiamiFOP President Miami Beach FOP Webmaster Miami Beach FOP President Fraternal Order Of Police Spokesman Fraternal Order Of Police Union President Fraternal Order Of Police ; President Of FOP City: Miami Zip/Postal: 33184-2467 State/Province: Florida Country: US Home Address: 12195 SW 10th ST Miami, FL 33184-2467 APT3 25Â45'32.8"N 80Â23'31.2"W Property Value: $107, 220.00 Taxes: $323.00 Other Listed Address: 1021 SW 88th CT Miami, FL 33174-3269 --- 131 SW 18th AVE Miami, FL 33135-2097 -- 2075 SW 122nd AVE Miami, FL 33175 -- 13509 SW 27th ST Miami, FL 33175-6624 - 400 NW 2nd ST Miami, FL 33129 Phone Numbers: (305) 219-4729 (305) 225-1340 (786) 290-1183(AT&T/MetroPCS) Tiffany Zwick AKA Tiffany Calderon Age: 32 Girlfriend of Javier Ortiz from Miami FOP(Officer who DOX'd innocent civilian for pulling over a Miami FL officer.) Home Address: 7331 63 Rd Miami, FL 33143 786-268-7272 786-715-4008(cell) Relatives Laura Suhanov 63yo Alexandria Zwick 36yo Barbara Labrador 43yo Works at: BeachFront Realty Inc 18205 Biscayne BLVD Ste 2205 North Miami Beach, Florida 33160 Work Phone: 305-405-0615 Fax: 305-305-9331

  • Javier Ortiz Dox (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cito ( 1725214 ) on Sunday February 28, 2016 @03:50PM (#51604235) Homepage
  • For once, these hacktivists did something useful

    So when they fought child pornography, animal abuse, religious harassment, exposed war crimes and private espionage against people (global intelligence files [wikileaks.org]), they were not doing anything useful?

    Impressive.

    • For once, these hacktivists did something useful

      So when they fought child pornography, animal abuse, religious harassment, exposed war crimes and private espionage against people (global intelligence files [wikileaks.org]), they were not doing anything useful?

      Impressive.

      For those that cannot tell, #zedaroca was using sarcasm in his/her post.

      I totally agree with the point. The bastards who are PAID BY OUR OWN TAX DOLLARS to uphold the law are routinely breaking it with impunity. These small-scale doxxes should be a daily occurrence, in addition to the periodic large-scale releases that fight greater evils.

  • why most people hate and distrust most cops?

  • Yes, it sounds childish. And yes, if the union head doxxed the witness, then doxxing the union head seems only fair. But vigilante justice has its problems too.

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