Strange News: Confidential Cop Docs Used as Thanksgiving Parade Ticker Tape

Some sharp-eyed revelers at last week's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade noted there was something odd about the tiny scraps of ticker-tape cascading along the parade route. Tufts University student Ethan Finkelstein tells WPIX-TV, he looked on his friend's shoulder at one scrap of paper, "and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a Social Security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre.'"

They began searching through other pieces, and found more sensitive material. "There are phone numbers, addresses, more Social Security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."

As it turns out, the papers were all shredded confidential documents from the Nassau County Police Department, including information about undercover officers and even the movements of then presidential candidate Mitt Romney, when he visited Long Island, New York, for the last presidential debate. 

Because of the nature of the documents, the police department is conducting a full investigation as to how the poorly-shredded material ended up getting dumped into the open.


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