University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Pittsburgh Police Investigation of FOP Trademark Fraud

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March 15, 2011

Professor David Harris told the Pittsburgh City Paper that the investigation of a fake letter that was supposed to look like it was from Pittsburgh’s Fraternal Order of Police raised multiple concerns.   First, since the FOP and its members were the victim, Pittsburgh police had a conflict of interest when they investigated the case.  Second, this kind of case — a parody of an FOP announcement of its position on a high-profile case — is almost never treated as a criminal act subject to an intense investigation and public statements that the perpetrators had committed a serious crime and would be prosecuted.


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