Deputies go to Google to ID blogger behind Arpaio threats

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 19 at 10:12 AM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office served search warrants on Google Wednesday in an effort to find out who created a website displaying death threats against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The website in question is blog titled "Targeting Cops" and it lauded cop killers, calling them "heroes."

Last week, there was a photo of Deputy William Coleman, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month, with "Officer Down, LOL" (laugh out loud) emblazoned across it. While calling the deputy a "Gestapo pig," the author or authors of the blog praised Drew Maras, the man who shot and killed him, as a "hero."

The site later had a photo of Arpaio with the words "Wanted: Dead or Alive" with the "dead" underlined and the "alive" crossed out. According to MCSO, the blog also said, "You're next Joe, watch your back, [expletive deleted]."

Arpaio said the blog was "disgusting" and "deeply offensive" toward all law enforcement, especially those killed in the line of duty.

Armed with a search warrant, MCSO deputies went to Google hoping to learn the identity of the person behind the blog.

The blog, which was created with Google's free Blogger tool, has since been pulled down.

Google acquired Pyra Labs, which originally developed Blogger, in February 2003.

 
 

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