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Social Media for Cops

In the Social Media for Cops section you’ll find news reports and expert articles dealing with all things social media. Facebook and Twitter are being used by officers to connect with each other, with the public, and with departments around the world, sometimes for fun and other times to help solve crimes.
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December 08, 2014

Police kill knife-wielding man at crowded Hollywood intersection

Video captured the aftermath of the fatal shooting by officers who responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon - Full Story
December 06, 2014

Police: Garner complicit in own death

In private and on Internet chat rooms, officers say they feel demoralized, misunderstood and "all alone" - Full Story
December 05, 2014

St. Louis County cops apologize for Facebook post

Chief is limiting his officers' social media use after a precinct's Facebook page linked the dangers of toy guns to the fatal police shooting of an Ohio boy - Full Story
December 02, 2014

Facebook death threats against Darren Wilson lead to arrest

Police arrested 46-year-old Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar after a string of death threats made over Facebook that stretched back to shortly after the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown - Full Story
December 02, 2014

Snapchat video leads Texas cops to teen vandals

Police in Houston arrested two teens for damaging a home after linking them to video posted on the popular messaging app - Full Story
December 01, 2014

FBI cautions military, police to be on alert for ISIS attacks

Advising military members and police to review their social media accounts to avoid posts that might attract attention from the Islamic State - Full Story
November 30, 2014

Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

For more than four decades, the Supreme Court has said that "true threats" to harm another person are not protected speech under the First Amendment - Full Story
November 20, 2014

Ind. cop raises money to replace assault victim's hearing aids

Daniel White was the victim of a crime and had been beaten so badly that his hearing aids were nowhere to be found - Full Story
November 20, 2014
Crime scene photo on phone leads police to Mont. suspect

Crime scene photo on phone leads police to Mont. suspect

Cellphone, logged into a man's Facebook account, featured a news photo of the crime scene as the background screen - Full Story
November 19, 2014

NM PD uses site to share neighborhood-specific crime info to residents

Unlike other types of social media, people on Nextdoor.com only have access to forums for people who live by them - Full Story

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Social Media for Cops Columnists

Police Liability and Litigation Police Liability and Litigation
with Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq.
Social Media Concepts and Best Practices Social Media Concepts and Best Practices
with C.L. Swinney