NYPD Sharing Criminals’ Photos On Twitter

Do you ever read those weekly police reports that local communities typically share in print or online? If you haven’t seen them, they tell you where burglaries, stolen cars and drunken disorderlies happen in (or near) your neighborhood. It’s a good way to know what areas of town to avoid late at night, really. Or a heads up to take extra precautions if crime is consistently happening nearby.

But wouldn’t it be nice to know WHO to look out for though?

The 76th Precinct of the New York Police Department thinks so, it seems – and they’re taking action: They’re tweeting pictures of criminals.

The Daily Intelligencer reports that there’s an NYPD Captain actively and unapologetically shaming criminals on Twitter.

Police Captain Jeffrey Schiff of the 76th Precinct in Brooklyn has taken the rare initiative to run his own neighborhood Twitter feed and use it to out convicted criminals.

“Everyone can absorb this information and intelligently assimilate it and look out for their neighbors and look out for their community,” he told DNAinfo. “The only way to get the community involvement that I’m looking for is to let people know what’s going on in the precinct.”

Schiff has called out ten men so far, but only six with recent arrests or convictions. The practice is at least unsettling to civil liberties activists like Legal Aid, which is considering a lawsuit. “If they want to sue, let them sue. They’ll lose,” Schiff said. “It’s all public information, I’m just making it easier for you. Once a person is convicted, all the gloves come off, and that’s it.”

Do you think this is a bad thing? Either way, you can send a shout out to the Captain at @76PrecinctNYPD.

(Shame image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong maryclong@digitalmediaghost.com Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.