A Hartford police lieutenant has filed a lawsuit in state court against Kevin Brookman, a Hartford resident who runs the blog We The People Hartford. Lt. Vincent Benvenuto is seeking the identities of people who post comments on the blog.
If Benvenuto is successful in obtaining the identities of commenters, lawsuits against some of them could follow, according to his lawyer, Patrick Tomasiewicz. “As citizens, we enjoy the right of freedom of speech but not the freedom to defame others. If we are successful in exposing the individuals that crossed the line, then appropriate steps shall be taken,” Tomasiewicz said.
The Courant’s David Owens has the story here.