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Kansas City, Missouri mayor Quinton Lucas has announced that he will be moving forward with criminalizing the doxxing of police officers.
Lucas made the announcement through a Facebook post, saying that public employees "have a right to get home safely and their families should be free from harm."
“I condemn any sharing of police officer addresses and personal details and I look forward to Council joining me to make such actions against officers, our city employees, and other public servants illegal in Kansas City," Lucas continued. "We welcome free expression in Kansas City and disagreement on issues of public concern, including public safety ... We do not welcome intimidation of people doing the jobs we hire them to do or intimidation of their spouses and children.”
The ordinance would prohibit the malicious publication of personally identifying information of public servants with the intent to "intimidate, abuse, threaten, harass, or frighten a public servant, a public servant's immediate family, or a public servant's domestic partner."
Information that would fall under the new ordinance includes social security numbers, date of births, home addresses, emails, credit card numbers, health insurance information, or employment locations.
"Public servants" which will be covered by the ordinance include "any person employed by the city who is compensated by the city by reason of such person's employment, any person appointed to a position with the city, and person elected to a position with the city, or any person employed by the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri or any Kansas City law enforcement officer."
The Kansas City police said in a tweet that "multiple" officers had previously been doxxed, including Twitter user @RedSky_Leaks, who has since been suspended