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Web site lets you rate police officers

PORTLAND, Ore. - If you've ever received a speeding ticket and faced a rude cop, you may be interested in new ratings website.

Ratemycop.com has generated a firestorm of criticism from the law enforcement community.

It allows Joe Citizen - that's you - to post anonymous statements and the site lists officers by name.

Officers have been described as 'demeaning and harassing,' while others have been told to 'step down.'

Portland State University senior Malcolm Lewis had a run-in with Portland police.

'I was pulled over because they told me I had a busted taillight. Problem is, I had just got my car out of the shop,' Lewis said.

He says they wouldn't let him leave and when they did, he didn't get a ticket or anything.

'At the time I did feel they have a set of rules and they do what they want,' Lewis said.

Despite his negative experience, the student said he didn't feel a need to post comments on Ratemycop.com.

'Unless I know it leads to something, that things will change, not if it's just citizens to feel good about themselves,' he said.

Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman Mary Wheat doesn't want to give credibility to the site.

'We have the Independent Police Review where people can file complaints,' she said.

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