Since Puppycide Database Project has began publishing information related to the killing of Mark Reedy's dog Kilo by Delaware State Police and what appears to be a warrantless search of Reedy's home conducted by Smyrna Police, our volunteers have been receiving anonymous requests from individuals claiming to be affiliated with the Smyrna Police Department demanding that we remove content mentioning the Smyrna Police Department.
In this message above, which was forwarded anonymously to our Facebook page, a user claiming to represent the Smyrna Police Department ("Remove the reference of us") claims that "Smyrna Police Department was not involved with the search warrant and the subsequent killing of the dog on Nov 20th". We received a nearly identical anonymous message on our website the same day we posted our first article on this topic.
Smyrna Police would later admit that they entered Mark Reedy's home on Nov 19th to conduct what appears to be a warrantless search.
Despite the fact that the Puppycide Database Project now publishes thousands of records involving police departments from around the country, it is rare for us to receive requests for us to remove or change content from police - or from those contacting us anonymously claiming to be police. Since we began publishing ~18 months ago, we have received two requests to modify content and one complaint about our characterization of an event from police officers, departments or those claiming to be an officer or department (not including Smyrna PD). We issued a correction in one of these cases - a typo that switched Baltimore and Boston. We did not act based on the other complaints because they did not meet the guidelines for record removals listed in our FAQ. For the same reason, we will not respond to the anonymous entreaties for us to remove any mention of the Smyrna Police Department. From our FAQ:
"Absolutely no anonymous requests for edits that are not based on factual corrections will be considered."
"We receive a variety of requests for database edits, removals and correction from police officers and police departments. All such requests will be reviewed, provided that the requester has verified their identity and/or employment with the relevant police department."
It is unclear who is responsible for these messages or if they are related to the disparaging comments left on our Facebook posts related to the Smyrna DE Police Department that appear to have been left by an account expressly for the purpose of leaving those messages. The account in question, which is registered to Moses Mabrey, appears to have been created on November 28th, the same day that the Smyrna Police Department confirmed their warrantless entry into Mark Reedy's home in response to questions from the Puppycide Database Project.
Unlike most Facebook accounts, Moses Mabrey has no friends on Facebook and has not provided any information on his work or family. The only information provided by Mabrey is the picture of a dog which was uploaded as his original profile picture, and the "Like" of a group called "Cop Block Exposed" which bills itself as a "Pro-Law Enforcement and Pro-Accountability Community".
Strangely, Moses' only interest, other than "Pro-Law Enforcement" activism, is what the Puppycide Database Project has to say about Smyrna Police Department.
The creation of fake website accounts that are used to artificially bolster a specific point of view is common on the internet. A term for the practice - "Sockpuppet" - was coined on Wikipedia by that website's volunteers as they worked to identify, stigmatize and limit the practice. The creation of Sockpuppet accounts is a violation of Facebook's Community Standards.
If, for any reason, you would like the Puppycide Database Project to make a correction or feel that we have gotten something wrong, it is important that you provide us with a means of replying to you directly, such as an email address or a phone number. We are happy to issue corrections, but it is unlikely that we will issue a correction without asking at least a few basic questions.
The Puppycide Database Project is a research organization. We are interested in finding and publicizing the truth; we are also interested in what everyone involved in the killing of a dog by law enforcement has to say. Even in circumstances where we determine that a retraction is not appropriate, the odds are excellent that we will publish and include in our database a statement in its entirety.
On the other hand, sending us scary messages, hatemail or saying nasty things about the Project and its volunteers on the internet might make you feel better, but will not influence either our editorial or research decisions.