The NYPD plans to use online policing to collect information about gang showdowns, murder cases, problematic house parties and other forms of destructive social activities.
The New York Police Department is taking advantage of social media information even though the platforms offer privacy settings. NYPD is perusing Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to track criminals who have committed or are planning to commit crimes.
Kevin O’Connor, 23, assistant commissioner for the NYPD, is known for his successful tactics of “online policing,” which has nabbed criminals such as sexual predators trying to meet children on the internet. O’Connor and his staff will be perusing the web for other criminal activity as well. Reportedly, criminals like to brag about a crime they’ve committed or are planning to commit. With the NYPD “listening in,” the criminal gets caught.
Keeping a watchful eye on social media has proved to be successful. O’Connor discovered information on a number of shooting cases via social networking. Other incidents included Calvin Pietri, who killed Anthony Collao in an anti-gay attack at Woodhaven, Queens. Another social media case consisted of a Facebook quarrel between Kayla Henriques and Kamisha Richards over a $20 loan for diapers. The quarrell ended in Richards’ death. Henriques was a suspect due to the Facebook hostility.
Perusing information via communication lines is nothing new. The practice has been used since the telegraph line was established or when agents would intercept messengers from the enemy while on horseback or foot. I just hope the NYPD uses the information wisely without pulling the trigger too soon.