Facebook page dedicated to exposing Northern Indiana snitches

A recently created Facebook page is dedicated to exposing the names of those who've "snitched."

It's called 'Indiana Snitch Watch' and was previously operated under 'K County Snitch Watch' and 'Northern Indiana Snitch Watch' before the pages were banned from Facebook.

The site publishes the names and sometimes photos of people who've cooperated with law enforcement and provided information that leads to an arrest.

But, the person behind the site, who goes by the name "Ghost" online, says says they only post information about confidential informants that plea bargained away their sentences by "snitching" on other people.

Some say releasing the information compromises informants' safety, but police say the posters aren't violating any laws by doing so.

"The reality is when someone does the courageous and the right thing and participates in a criminal investigation and testifies in court, it all becomes a matter of public record anyway," said Lt. Cindy Kilgore with Michiana Crime Stoppers.

Kilgore says while nothing good can come from the page, it shouldn't deter people from reporting crimes.

And Ghost says it shouldn't either.

"We firmly believe that acts of crime such as murder, rape, abuse, child molestation, and such violent crime should be reported accordingly," Ghost said in an e-mail.

Ghost says the site only posts the information of those who have criminal informant numbers.

But, if people are still worried about their identities being released after reporting a crime, Kilgore says they can give tips through Crime Stoppers, which allows them to remain anonymous.

Indiana Snitch Watch is working on creating a website separate from Facebook where they'll post information.

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