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October 23, 2014, 5:06 am
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Houston: Derogatory Comments About Christian Could Not Be Traced

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he did look into allegations that a city employee posted derogatory comments online about a blogger and reporter who is suing the city.  But Houston says he was told there was no way to pinpoint who posted those comments. 


The comments surfaced back in July on the Springfield Leaks website, referring to Calvin Christian as a “dummy” and mocking him for his frequent clashes with police.  Christian… who is the plaintiff in two lawsuits against the city… recently filed a FOIA request asking for documents pertaining to the investigation. The city replied that no documents exist. 


Houston says that’s because he was told verbally that all city government computers use the same IP address, and the posts could not be traced back to a single source.  Houston says city workers are being reminded about appropriate use of the Internet on city computers.

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