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Saturday, September 6, 1997
Officer's web site under investigation, pulled
AUSTIN (AP) - The University of Texas police department is
reviewing an Internet web site that was maintained by one of its
officers, who arrested Longhorns football star Ricky Williams
earlier this week.
The Austin American-Statesman on Friday reported that officer
Eric Poteet maintained the site, Eric's One-Stop Cop Shop, that
included a page called "The Nightstalker Files."
Poteet's introduction to the page said, "The stories you
are about to read are TRUE. No names have been changed to protect
the innocent because there are not enough innocents to protect."
It included accounts of arrests and observations of the people
Poteet came across while on the job. The officer was suspended
by UT after the Monday arrest.
The web site, maintained on a UT computer system, was no longer
on the Internet Friday. Poteet did not respond to a call or an
electronic message from The Associated Press.
University officials who oversee the computer system where
the web site was located said they did not remove it.
"I would love to give my side, but am awaiting advice
of counsel before I release a statement," Poteet wrote to
the American-Statesman via electronic mail. "I will say in
my own defense that the media is getting only a tiny filtered
piece of the whole story."
The Travis County Attorney's office on Wednesday dropped a
misdemeanor charge against Williams that he failed to identify
himself to Poteet during a routine traffic stop.
According to Poteet's arrest report, Williams was pulled over
for running a stop sign. Williams did not have his driver's license.
He told Poteet his name was Ricky Lynne Williams.
Poteet arrested Williams after finding his name is listed as
Errick Lynne Williams on his car registration and driver's license.
UT Police Chief Donald Cannon said the web site will be studied
as the internal affairs department investigates Poteet and how
he handled Williams' arrest.
"This web site is certainly not condoned by the University
of Texas police department," Cannon said.Send
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