SOCIAL MEDIA ARRESTS
- Murder charge after Snapchat Selfie – Last February, a Pennsylvania teen was arrested after posting a picture of himself and a victim’s body on Snapchat. Even though this social media platform is supposed to share information for a few seconds, one recipient took a screenshot and gave it to the authorities. The teenager later confessed to the killing and the police admitted that the selfie was a key piece of evidence in the case.
- Instagram Leads to Weapons Charge – A Sacramento man was arrested last month and booked on suspicion of having an unregistered, concealed weapon after the police viewed a video post made by him on Instagram.
- Drunk Driving Facebook Video - Last month, an Ohio man posted a 12-second video to Facebook that depicted himself drinking while driving. After receiving a tip, the local sheriff’s office arrested the man and charged him with five misdemeanors, including operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
- Facebook Post Leads to Animal Cruelty Arrest – Just this month, a Louisiana man posted a photo of a dog he supposedly killed on purpose due to its constant disruption while he was hunting. Members of the Facebook group, Black Hunters and Fishers, contacted the local police department and the man was arrested the next day on charges of animal cruelty.