Social Media Crime

Great Essays
Social media has also gotten popular with law enforcement. Law enforcement sees social media as a fighting tool in crime. Hendricks (2014) stated that in 2013 about 772 police departments had an active social media account. Social media allows officials to look at suspects or victims information they are sharing to the public such as pictures or videos that could help them solve a case.
Media such as Facebook and Twitter has helped with giving out information quickly for a Amber Alert. “According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, social media has helped to resolve and recover 98.5 percent of AMBER alerts since 2005” (Hendricks, 2015, para. 7). For example, there was Melvin Colon a man who was being charge with murder
…show more content…
They see posts from their friends that are positive or negative. There is also advertisement to buy items of either clothing or housing or anything else. Then there are pictures and videos that people share that is personal or informing. When the horrible tragedy last week hit us in South Carolina the social media was flooded with responses on what happened and how people were feeling. Today I went to look at what information was shared on my Facebook page by my friends. Just by scrolling down a few post, I had come across more than half of the posts were about the news or criminal justice system. There are articles and videos posted on Facebook about the Confederate Flag and is the south racist? There was a video of the Brevard County Courthouse where a judge told the public defender to handle the matter outside of court. Then there was another video with police officers arresting a man and the person who posted it stated that we as a society need to wake up and look around. I could keep going because of social media our society is sharing any information that they can obtain to give to the public. Our reality is based on what we witness and experience. What lead me to this topic was on the day we had to submit our topic my social media timeline was flooded with news of the pool incident that happen in Texas at the beginning of June. For most people especially the African American community the media has played a big part in the distrust between people and the police. Some may say that the media is showing police officers in a bad light. It also seems that the media has been focusing on stories that involve police officers and citizens because of the high tension that this type of story has on society. In a article called “There’s a huge racial gap in trust of police. Can congress fix it?” it stated that after the shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    of Justice puts the number of children abducted by strangers at 115 a year, 45 percent abducted was found by helpful tips on social networking. The Cincinnati Police Department uses social media to stop gang fight. “Dawn Keaton, the Cincinnati Police Department 's Real Time Center Specialist, used social media to prevent a massive gang-related brawl back in 2008 and has since used popular social media sites to track gang members ' activity, FOX affiliate WXIX reported. Keaton was able to find specific locations and members who were going to be involved through social media and stopped the violent attack.” Public Relations, building relationships online within the community is also a tool used by many agencies. Law Enforcement agencies can share valuable information through post and forums, such as, neighborhood crime watch, local accidents, events, guides, and local resources.…

    • 917 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    According to Monica Anderson and Paul Hitlin of the Pew Research Center illustrate how social media encourages others to get involved with a cause or social movement #BlackLivesMatter. “The rise in critical tweets was especially notable after the killing of police officers in Dallas.” (Anderson) Who is the victim? Who is the enemy? The way social media gave us our view was that we saw videos all over the internet showing minorities to be the victim of police brutality which made made us perceive cops to be corrupt, unfair, and disloyal to protecting the people and be in favor of the government because they uphold a higher title rather than listening to both sides spreading racial tensions across the nation when in reality all situations differ from each other. Headlines on newspapers, internet media articles, mainstream media, all exaggerating one side of the story instead of giving the overview of the event that occurred pointing to the direction of us being influenced by the media to form our own…

    • 1680 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Reduce Police Brutality

    • 1814 Words
    • 8 Pages

    How, Why, and How to Reduce it Police brutality is a growing problem in the United States, and it needs to be stopped. According to Chaney and Robertson (2013) “there were 5,986 reports of misconduct, 382 fatalities linked to misconduct (p. 485). Racism is the main reason behind police brutality, and this is causing concerns in many Americans. These concerns are valid because as Pierce (1986) states, many people who were victims of police brutality claimed that there was a racial factor involved (p. 52). Carter and Corra (2016) state that racial resentment determines how people look at the use of force by police (p. 501).…

    • 1814 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Organizations such as, Black Lives Matter have responded in an aggressive way. Often times the public can show form of violence as a result of police brutality. The responsibility of the police departments are to lower crime rates as much as possible and help maintain order in the society. Freddie Gray died from injuries that he suffered in police custody, riots broke out after the footage was…

    • 962 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    As well as, police officers views African-Americans more as criminals than they do humans. Opponents have also argued that there have been too many stories of black men being killed in the hands of the police…

    • 1653 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The news about that person killed can be passed through social media. As a result, there would be a counterattack against the rival gang who killed that person. Finally, Eddie Bocanegra discusses how social media can be used for other gang-related situations and how social media can…

    • 614 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Social news allows users to post specific news article, videos, and self uploaded clips of what they consider to be news. After an individual post these stories other users can choose to share the video or article if they find it important to do so. An example would be the Eric Gardner video that was captured by a civilian. The bystander recorded the incident where law enforcement was harassing an unarmed African American male. Captured on video was how law enforcement used excessive force to detain Eric Garner and he in sued to inform them that he could not breathe.…

    • 1133 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Due to this video being published on such a popular social media platform, this is assessable to almost everyone. This video perfectly bring awareness to the multiple situations that involve police and how they are viewed by our society. It gives a great deal of emotion to not only the audience but the individuals themselves who were involved in this production. Many people can relate to this topic as well because it can hit home for some. While reading the comments on this video a user under the name of Mo Mo said, “This really hit me…my dad had got incarcerated when I was 6 months and didn't come back until I was 10 for some type of credit card fraud.…

    • 1249 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Black Lives Matter is an organization that formed in 2012 after Trayvon Martin was killed by a police officer named George Zimmerman (BLM.com). Many people have mixed opinions on this topic, as it is a sensitive subject. Opinions relate to both sides of the spectrum between blacks and whites. Throughout the United States many other shootings, and gatherings have surfaced because of these deaths among the black community. Following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, people rioted the streets shouting, “Black lives matter!” Within this subject, I have my own opinion, which is different than some.…

    • 899 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    “For the police, social media has given them unprecedented access to the public, and vice versa” (McGovern & Milivojevic, 2016, para. 2). For example, social media has helped community policing expanded through social networking to locate missing children, alert neighbors of suspicious activity and even inform the public about crimes committed in their neighborhoods. (Hanson, 2011) In Memphis, Tennessee the local police uses a community-based website called NextDoor app to help tackle crime. NextDoor is a free, private and secure social media website launched in 2011.…

    • 1229 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays

Related Topics