04/07/2011

NM cop learns risks of social media, Facebook the hard way

Comments posted online can ruin court cases and cost officers their jobs

By Erica Goode
The International Herald Tribune

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Trey Economidy, a police officer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, realizes that he should have thought harder before listing his occupation on his Facebook profile as ''human waste disposal.''

After he was involved in a fatal on-duty shooting in February, a local television station dug up the Facebook page. Officer Economidy was placed on desk duty, and last month the Albuquerque Police Department announced a new policy to govern officers' use of social networking sites.

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