Cops criticized for 'misuse' of databases
With just a couple of keystrokes, a cop can go from curiosity to a felony
By Allison Manning
Police databases such as the Law Enforcement Automated Database System, or LEADS, are supposed to be used solely for law-enforcement purposes -- running the license plate of a suspicious driver, for example.
But sometimes, like any other trove of information, it's misused. Officers can use the databases like their own Facebook, or worse. In some cases, those trusted with keeping the public safe have used the databases to get revenge.
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