I run a local political website (a phpbb like this one). I tried to remain anonymous because I didn't want the fallout of people harassing me about what is said on the site.
There were some hot things said on the site, but I delete any posts that are really rude or just libelous remarks against private citizens. I monitor it daily.
Many people go to the forum and talk about what they don't like in the county....including the local law enforcement.
I ran a classified ad in the paper to advertise the website.
Apparently, the city Police questioned the newspaper owners at length trying to find out who ran the ad, so they can find out who is running the website.
Well this "investigation" finally revealed who was running the site and now I am a little scared about what might happen to me. They revealed my name in the forum.
First...is it legal for them to use their position as city police officers to "investigate" something where no crime has taken place? Isn't libel a civil offense?
Second...what are my rights if I start getting harassed by some of these officers?
Third, where do I file a formal complaint against their mis-use of their office?