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Posted at 1:01 PM ET, 10/ 6/2010

Md. man: Facebookers have wrong man

By Washington Post editors

An Anne Arundel County man has been getting threatening messages posted to his Facebook account all because he shares the same name as a D.C. police officer who shot a dog at a festival last month, The Capital reports.

Scott Alan Fike of Odenton said he has been getting messages like "dog killer" posted to his Facebook page since the other Scott Fike, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, shot and killed a festival-goers dog Parrot on Sept. 12.
parrot.jpg
Aaron Block's dog Parrot. (Courtesy of Aaron Block)

It probably doesn't help that Fike -- not the officer -- is pictured on his Facebook page in hunting clothes and with a deer.

Fike says he has responded to some of the people messaging him to let them know they have the wrong Scott Fike, but the messages keep coming.

In the meantime, there's an online petition asking for police to investigate Parrot's death and take action against Officer Fike. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, more than 15,000 people had clicked on the petition.


By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland  
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Comments

How about this much effort to go after people who kill............people. I don't see people looking for human murders. These silly people want to continue to cry about this dog getting shot. It wasn't like the dog was completely innocent, this why this country is screwed up. People have their priorities mixed up and would rather defend a dog before they defend another human being.

Posted by: meatkins | October 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't he just stop allowing people who aren't friends to post on his wall? It's a very simple setting.

Posted by: trossc | October 6, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

They are sending him messages through Facebook, not posting on his wall. They post on his wall because you have to be friends with someone before they can post on your wall.

Posted by: cindybraunschweiger | October 6, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

They are sending him messages through Facebook, not posting on his wall. They can't post on his wall because you have to be friends with someone before they can post on your wall.

Posted by: cindybraunschweiger | October 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Where is P.E.T.A. now? I mean they were all over Michael Vick a** when he went to jail and when he played his first game. But I should've known that "grandstanding P.E.T.A." wouldn't be anywhere to be found now.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | October 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@cindybraunschweiger -- You can also prevent people you don't know from sending you messages. Another setting change.

Posted by: cbr1 | October 6, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

the people sending him those nasty messages are cowards filled with their own self-hate and loathing. when they get the chance, they project their hate onto anyone their mob-mentality is attracted to.

These people feel justified with their hate. However, they are not even smart enough to message the correct person.

There is a lot of injustice in the world, and there are many horrible people.

However, if you are going around sending hate messages (or posting hate comments) you are part of the problem.

You can't teach love with hate.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You can BLOCK ppl who arent on your friends list from INBOXING YOU! You can set it so FRIENDS ONLY, FRIENDS OF FRIENDS OR EVERYONE....You go to privacy settings....IT JUST THAT SIMPLE!!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 6, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks posters for clearing up why he doesn't change his facebook settings so only friends can post...To hear an adult whine about abusive posts when they are in control of their own facebook doesn't make sense to me...same as annoying phone calls...caller ID takes care of that, just don't answer that call....

When a number pops up I don't recognize I don't respond...

Posted by: pentagon40 | October 6, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Scott (not the cop) doesn't use Facebook very much, so when he logged in to FB, the messages were already there. He actually wanted to try to respond to some of them to set the record straight. Someone was circulating his FB profile picture too. He wanted to let people know that he isn't the same guy who shot the dog. He is now receiving apologies from some people.

Posted by: cindybraunschweiger | October 6, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Seems like some people on here just have to be arrogant no matter what the subject is -- like they are smarter than others bobby and pentagon.

Posted by: cindybraunschweiger | October 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Pretty telling example of the general stupidity of the blogosphere and all of you who spend your lives trolling it.

This is exactly why you should have to pass a basic IQ test to be allowed access to the internet. Half of these buffoons wouldn't pass.

Posted by: Nosh1 | October 6, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

WaPo! Bring us the head (and Facebook link) of the REAL Scott Fike so we can correctly direct our hate messages!

Posted by: chaddsford1971 | October 6, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

WaPo! Bring us the head (and Facebook link) of the REAL Scott Fike so we can correctly direct our hate messages!

Posted by: chaddsford1971 | October 6, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

TO: cindybraunschweiger

I'm not being arrogant just stating how Facebook works. Its a waste for someone to complain about the messages they are getting on FB when they can adjust there settings to prevent it, plain & simple!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 6, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

TO: cindybraunschweiger

I'm not being arrogant just stating how Facebook works. Its a waste for someone to complain about the messages they are getting on FB when they can adjust there settings to prevent it, plain & simple!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 6, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Bobby, OK. But please read my post particularly first and second sentence. I am sure he would have taken your advice, but it was too late. thanks. "Scott (not the cop) doesn't use Facebook very much, so when he logged in to FB, the messages were already there. He actually wanted to try to respond to some of them to set the record straight."Someone was circulating his FB profile picture too. He wanted to let people know that he isn't the same guy who shot the dog. He is now receiving apologies from some people."

Posted by: cindybraunschweiger | October 7, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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