Officers are expected to uphold a high ethical code. However, time and time again, we are seeing the exact opposite occur. For a young woman, an officer illegally obtaining her private information could had potentially turned terrifying. In this article, we are going to provide what information is currently available. As more information is released, we will provide the appropriate updates.
The young woman, who we will keep anonymous at this time, found herself being followed by a black F-150 yesterday. Rather or not she was speeding remains unknown, though jokes were made to that nature. What is known is this: the occupant of this pickup was off duty officer, Glenn Goss Jr. of the Rossford police department, located in Ohio. As he followed the woman, he wrote down her license plate number, conducted an illegal search to obtain her personal information, and then proceeded to flirt, or more accurately, sexually harass her on Facebook.
As a result of this misconduct, the woman filed a complaint with the department. Although they claim an internal investigation will begin today, there has been nothing to confirm this. While most may think this to be a small ordeal, in reality it’s far from it. By tracing her license plate number, there is an abundance of personal information this officer could get.
Through that simple trace, he would be able to get her full name, previous convictions, her address, and possibly other personal details. Being that the officer was off duty, had no probable cause, or a warrant to conduct a search of this nature, a new situation arises for the department. This new situation could mean a lot of court, time, and money being spent, as well as awarded.
Under the law, we are granted the right to privacy. The moment this officer illegally ran her plate, he violated this fundamental civil right. Furthermore, he very well could have just gotten both, the department and himself sued in the near future. While, in most cases, departments will deny that the officer did anything wrong, this department won’t have such luxuries. During his unwanted communication with the young woman, he blatently explains how he was able to find her on Facebook. Because this is an open investigation, we currently don’t have much information on this case. We will, however, try to update this article when possible. Until then, we are including his discussion with the young woman below.