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And we aren't even sure twitter will give up the info without a fight.
I agree. He shouldn't spend a year in prison, but there's got to be a message sent that stuff like that, even if its funny, could still hinder an investigation because the officers have to investigate it.
If that twitter feed hindered the investigation then we should fire the incompent officers that can't in 1 minute of reading that it was a joke twitter. And the feed showed up after they had already surrounded that house, they would have been there for the 5 hours it took their incompent selves to firgure out no one was there regardless.
bull crap... there needs to be no message sent in this case... there was no malintent or damage done from his actions... there was no info that should have led anyone off the trail. The account existed in the first place because the police forces involved were inept at doing their job appropriately.
They didn't have to investigate the twitte feed. They chose to because it was mocking them.
maybe they will back off now that they have leonard in custody
Uh...Mr. Mayor, I really don't think there's anybody in this attic, we've been across every inch of it now.
Get your sorry asses back up in that attic, & poke every piece of insulation you can poke until you find his ass, you losers! He's mocking us! He just twittered that his hide & seek game is on point tonight, playa! Y
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by RollBamaRoll 22 months ago
Maybe they don't have to investigate it. This may sound extremely simplistic, but as far as Twitter is concerned, why can't the police act like it's 1990 and just ignore it altogether? Since literally anyone on the planet can create these accounts, wouldn't that make at least just as much sense? Pay no attention to it. With access to cell phone records, ATM and credit card records, vehicle registration, addresses of families and associates, the guy isn't going far. Maybe the police should just treat Twitter as if it doesn't exist. Didn't they manage to catch criminals pretty well before Twitter was created?
or hand it down to assistants or uniforms to check out in a casual manner unless there are threats or comments that require it to be handed up the ladder. neither of which happened last night.
If everyone on BOL knew it was fake, the police should have as well.
The fake Twitter account aside, if they had ignored Facebook, they would've had a tougher time knowing that Leonard was in Montgomery. They were able to figure out that he was logging in from somewhere in Montgomery. Asking police to ignore social media outlets is asking them to ignore a major source of potential information that could help them bring people to justice.
Police agencies are using social networks to identify and capture suspects, but officers need to be careful about their own personal information when using the sites.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by HEPennypacker40 22 months ago
He wasn't in Montgomery. He was 50 miles away. They should stop attempting to look at social media.
Don't know why this is double posting.
He wasn't even in Montgomery, was he? Seems like even more evidence that the police should ignore social media completely.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by airharper 22 months ago
They haven't released his full story yet, so we don't know. Considering the U.S. Marshalls, MPD, and FBI were concentrating their efforts within the city, you'd have think he at least spent some time in Montgomery since Saturday night.
Again, whether social media played a role in this or not, ignoring it altogether wouldn't make any sense considering the kind of info they can potentially get....as evidenced by the link I provided above.
You didn't actually read the article you posted, did you? The article referenced the fact that police had been able to use social media because criminals and gang members had posted photos of themselves and stuff they had stolen...not as a tool in finding their location. It really has nothing to do with this discussion.
Law enforcement were concentrating their efforts in Montgomery because he was from there and his family and friends are there, making it the logical place he would turn up, not because of Facebook. If Facebook didn't exist, Montgomery is still where they would have been focusing their search. The evidence provided isn't really that valuable at all, given that anyone from anywhere could log into his Facebook if they have the password. Chasing down leads on social media is very low reward from the standpoint of the amount of time to do it. Helluva lot better way to spend their time. Locating transmissions from his cell phone, for example. Law enforcement should just ignore social media altogether when it comes to trying to pinpoint the location of a fugitive.
Is there a gang of football players in Auburn that the local yokels are trying to cover up? Did Desmonte respond (inappropriately, perhaps, unless he felt his life was in danger) to threats against his life?
There are a LOT of questions that this case opens up that will need to be answered. Auburn football players' culture is under a microscope right now, given the repeated violent offenses over the last 2-3 years, don't you think? I certainly have a lot of questions...
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You suggested they ignore it altogether and I simply explained you why they shouldn't. Do they need to completely focus on using it as their main tool? Of course not, but they should combine it with every other piece of evidence/lead in order to achieve their goals. Desmonte was in Montgomery after the shooting. Logging on to Facebook and being able to track his I.P. address surely helped them narrow down the search in some way. Just like anyone could use a someone's credit card or cell phone, but taken in collectively....all of that info can help police.
Desmonte was in Montgomery for the reasons I mentioned, which were obvious without Facebook. And the Facebook information in this case actually really didn't help at all. They knew he would go back to Montgomery anyway, they ended up ransacking either the wrong house or a house identified based on wrong information, and Desmonte...probably out of cash, access to cash, and friends willing to help him, turned himself in, choosing to take his chances in court rather than with a SWAT team. Facebook had nothing to do with the fact that he's in custody. Can the police get clues from social media? Perhaps. But the notion that people posting parody Twitter feeds and the like is somehow hindering an investigation is ludicrous. And I don't recall if you have asserted that, but some have.
I never said they wouldn't have caught Desmonte without Facebook, but it probably helped. This case aside, I don't see how ignoring social media would help law enforcement. That was my point.
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