Police angered about confidential documents being used as confetti in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Daniel S Levine,

Nassau County police are angry over the discovery that their department’s classified documents were used as confetti during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. The department is going to start an investigation to figure out how the shredded documents, which were still readable, made it to Manhattan.

As we previously reported, the documents included social security numbers and criminal reports. WPIX11 reported that some even revealed the identity of undercover officers.

“The Nassau County Police Department is very concerned about this situation. We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents,” Nassau County police said in a statement Friday.

Macy’s did not provide any detailed information on the confetti, saying that it uses “commercially manufactured, multicolor confetti, not shredded paper.”

Obviously that was not enough for Nassau County police, who finally started their investigation Monday, reports the New York Post.

“We haven’t started the investigation yet, but that’s what we do — we solve crimes — and I’m sure we’ll figure it out. All we know so far is what we’ve seen in the press,” a press officer told Upper West Side attorney Saul Finkelstein.

Finklestein told the Post that he had gathered a bunch of the confetti. He met with two detectives, who took the papers. “We just started the investigation, the wheels turn slowly,” he said one told him. “They said they have to gather materials and look at things from a forensic perspective.They thought they could wait until tomorrow, but the powers that be told them to come out tonight.”

“Some of these guys are in the big squads, robbery, homicide, undercover guys. To have their personal information out there in the street is not what you want,” one police officer told the Post. “A lot of guys are wondering if their stuff is out there.”

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