Herenton comments on "MPD Enforcer 2.0" lawsuit - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Herenton comments on "MPD Enforcer 2.0" lawsuit

For the first time, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton spoke publicly Thursday about a controversial website that criticizes the Memphis Police Department and its Director, Larry Godwin.

"I think there's more to this than what meets the eye with the public," Herenton said.

Memphis' mayor said the city's lawsuit against the creator of the blog, titled MPD Enforcer 2.0, is not about censorship.

"There's no attempt to breach anyone's first amendment rights," Herenton said. "There's no attempt to squash whistle blowers or that kind of thing.  There are some serious issues that will surface, I think, as we move forward."

The blog is considered a whistle blower forum for Memphis Police Department insiders.  It became widely known recently when Godwin and the city sued it in a sealed court case and subpoenaed it's creator's identity from AOL.

"I think the Police Director, rightfully so, has some legitimate concerns about breach of security, which could impact some significant criminal investigation," Herenton said.  "It could place in harms way some police personnel."

The mayor added that city officials are concerned about trademark issues surrounding the blog.

Also, Thursday, Action News 5's Kontji Anthony spoke exclusively with the created of the original MPD Enforcer. 

According to its original creator, it began as a paper rag in 1989.  He then put it on the internet, where a few people knew about it.  He said someone then took the concept and morphed it into MPD Enforcer 2.0.  The original creator said his site was not meant for outsiders, and its original intent has been skewed.

MPD Enforcer 2.0 is operated under the moniker 'Dirk Diggler,' a character from the film Boogie Nights.  Dirk contacted Action News 5 on Thursday about reports that he's a former police officer.

Diggler claims his family doesn't even know he's behind this website.

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