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A Missouri SWAT sniper sued to keep his name secret. We’re suing to learn his identity

 

There were many questions after a Joplin, Missouri, SWAT sniper shot and killed a two-year-old girl during a standoff in 2022. How did it happen? Why did the sniper choose to fire his weapon? Who exactly was the sniper?

It is rare for the Midwest Newsroom, KCUR or any news organization, to publish a story without the name of an important person in the narrative.

 

Providing audiences with relevant identifying information about people, places and events is a key tenet of journalism.

 

During our eight-month investigation into the shooting death of Clesslynn Crawford, we came up against an obstacle to this practice. In November 2023, the SWAT sniper sued the City of Joplin to redact his name from investigation records.

He did so just before the city was set to release those records to the Midwest Newsroom and KCUR. He is known only as Sniper 1.
In his lawsuit, Sniper 1 cited an exception in the Missouri Sunshine Law that says an investigative report can be redacted if it “contains information that is reasonably likely to pose a clear and present danger to the safety of any victim, witness, undercover officer, or other person.”

 

The Midwest Newsroom and KCUR immediately intervened to argue against redaction.

 

As evidence that his life was in danger, Sniper 1 cites a half dozen posts from a Facebook Page called The Blue Wall of Silence. Whoever owns the account offered a “$1,000 cash reward for the name of the Joplin Police Officer who shot and killed Clessie Crawford.”

 

The page also had a post that read “I hope that K I L L E R from the Joplin Police and city of Joplin love their death sentence.”

 


It appears the Blue Wall of Silence Facebook page is no longer active.

That is the extent of the evidence Sniper 1 offered.

 

“The officer has shown those posts to the police department, which has taken no action against anyone,” said attorney Bernie Rhodes, acting for the Midwest Newsroom and KCUR.

 

Why name names?

 

The Midwest Newsroom and KCUR have decided to publish its investigation into Sniper 1 action’s without his name because we believe it is in the public interest and we don’t know how long the lawsuit will take. We will continue our court case in the pursuit of Sniper 1’s identity.

 

“The public has the right to know the name of a police officer who recklessly shot and killed an innocent two-year-old child,” Rhodes said. “Under this perverse logic the worse a public official acts, the greater the reason to hide his name from the public.”

In this case particularly, Rhodes says transparency is crucial.

 

“What if that officer applied to be the Chief of Police? What if that officer applied for a job in another department?”

 

Clessie’s family settled a lawsuit against the City of Joplin and Cherokee County in November for $1.5 million. Joplin paid $1.4 million of that. In August 2023, Sniper 1 was dismissed as a criminal defendant in the fatal shooting

 

“The citizens of Joplin are entitled to know the name of the officer that cost them $1.4 million — surely no one thinks the mayor could spend $1.4 million without anyone knowing who authorized the payment,” Rhodes said.

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If you keep using idiotic and intentionally stupid thread titles you won’t be welcome to start any threads herr

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Just now, HopHead said:

Hey dooshbag did you miss the 30 yo cop in NYC with a 1 yo that got killed by a savage during a traffic stop the other day?

 

Go **** yourself you ****ing scumbag. How tim allows this **** I'll never know.

 

How is that related to this story?

Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.

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1 min ago, Seal said:

 

How is that related to this story?

Because you don't gaf about the vast majority of cops that are good men keeping this rapidly drowning country safer than it would be without them. You are a ****ing pos that jumps at every chance to poke the wrong people you palestinian loving scumbag.

 

This is the last post of yours I see. Enough is enough.  

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Diversity makes us stronger!

 

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Just now, HopHead said:

Hey @TimS how about a mourning period of a month for the recently killed young father LEO? Like a month of no cop hating garbage threads from ****face?

 

That 2 year old got what she deserved.

 

God bless our blue line thugs. :th:

Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.

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3 mins ago, HopHead said:

Because you don't gaf about the vast majority of cops that are good men keeping this rapidly drowning country safer than it would be without them. You are a ****ing pos that jumps at every chance to poke the wrong people you palestinian loving scumbag.

 

This is the last post of yours I see. Enough is enough.  

 

And you don't gaf about toddlers being executed by trigger happy psychopaths.

If they have a badge they can do no wrong. :th: 

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Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.

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@HopHead Lotta history here with Seal aka Capper aka and a dozen other use names.
It’s better for Tim to let Seal post negatively about cops in these type threads than his alter ego Capper who use to post pictures of underaged girls. They couldn’t stop Capper and at least this way you can somewhat keep an eye on him this way.

"Candide et constanter"

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21 mins ago, Seal said:

 

And you don't gaf about toddlers being executed by trigger happy psychopaths.

If they have a badge they can do no wrong. :th: 

But this is not about some special police exemption or "officer safety comes first" as you wrote in the thread title.. You should re-read what you copy/pasted. 

Missouri Sunshine Law that says an investigative report can be redacted if it “contains information that is reasonably likely to pose a clear and present danger to the safety of any victim, witness, undercover officer, or other person.”

 

If you don't like the law, do something to have it changed. 

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3 mins ago, Firinne said:

@HopHead Lotta history here with Seal aka Capper aka and a dozen other use names.
It’s better for Tim to let Seal post negatively about cops in these type threads than his alter ego Capper who use to post pictures of underaged girls. They couldn’t stop Capper and at least this way you can somewhat keep an eye on him this way.

 

A cop being a blatant liar.

 

Shocked I am. :laugh: 

Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.

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1 min ago, blastwater said:

But this is not about some special police exemption or "officer safety comes first" as you wrote in the thread title.. You should re-read what you copy/pasted. 

Missouri Sunshine Law that says an investigative report can be redacted if it “contains information that is reasonably likely to pose a clear and present danger to the safety of any victim, witness, undercover officer, or other person.”

 

If you don't like the law, do something to have it changed. 

 

Why are these laws always written by police unions?

Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.

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5 mins ago, Firinne said:

Tell me you didn’t change your username several times after being banned from Capper.

 

Where are these "underage girls" I posted...

And for that matter, are pictures of kids banned from this website?

 

 

 

Here's a picture of the 2 year old who took a .308 round to the eyeball.

 

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