Police Abused Victim of Unauthorized Search

The police that acted as Apple security enforcers rather than upholders of the American constitution found a new way to apologize.


Within the criminal investigation into the missing prototype of iPhone 4, the outfit called Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, which represents a partnership of agencies focused on cyber crime, has executed a search warrant to raid the home of Gizmodo editor. The outfit was searching for evidence of Gizmodo’s scoop about the lost phone.

Nevertheless, the prosecutors found out that neither this particular editor nor Gizmodo did anything wrong. Moreover, they even worked out that the raid might have been unconstitutional. District attorney confirmed that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge a person with either possession of stolen property or extortion.

While some would expect an apology from the outfit, it instead attacked the quality of the illegally-seized, unpublished correspondence between the Gizmodo editors, calling it “juvenile”. Instead of proving that the justice system can’t be used by Apple, the outfit waded into the editors of the magazine saying that that it had been obvious that they had been miffed with Apple after being snubbed from an Apple event. In the interview, they said that they expected to see professionalism, but saw 15-year-old kids talking with much animosity and being very critical of Apple.

However, to the rest it may seem that the coppers might like to look at their own professionalism instead, as in any civilized country the coppers don’t act as the personal police force for the industry and then as its press office, abusing the victims of the illegal search using the information obtained in dubious circumstances. Of course, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) was furious over the issue, saying that breaking into the home of a journalist against the law and seizing his property is the first thing looking profoundly troubling. Moreover, law enforcement showed no sign of remorse or of learning from its mistake. Actually, it seems that the cosy relationship between Apple security and the local police is continuing following the questionable search of a house by Apple employees, looking for another lost phone prototype.