2 NYPD Officers Identified In Wikipedia Edits Will Not Face Heavy Discipline

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Following an uproar over edits to Wikipedia pages about men who have died at the hands of police, including Eric Garner, the New York Police Department has identified the culprits — two veteran officers, reports DNAinfo New York.

But don’t look for the officers to face strong disciplinary action for the revisions that favor police, the report warns. The officers, who have not been named, will likely only face minor reprimands, the report says.

According to DNAInfo:

They are expected to be spoken to by Internal Affairs Bureau investigators, but barring any additional infractions, sources said they will not face any punishment for what they did to the Wikipedia pages.

Since Wikipedia is a publicly accessed and edited web encyclopedia, it’s not inappropriate for NYPD officers or anyone else to visit pages and edit references they believe are technically inaccurate, sources said.

“That is their First Amendment…

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