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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 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
November 17, 2014

Man's request for body cams has Wash. PDs rethinking use

Person filed a public records request for all available footage, a task one PD says will take years to complete - Full Story
November 17, 2014
LAPD 'most wanted' fugitive found through Facebook

LAPD 'most wanted' fugitive found through Facebook

For 11 years, Eduardo Rodriguez was one of LA's most wanted fugitives, an alleged Toonerville street gang member accused of killing four people - Full Story
November 06, 2014

Utah man fired after posting anti-cop comment online

Man posted an image on Facebook from his personal account depicting a dead officer with the caption, “This is what a good cop looks like” - Full Story

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