Minneapolis police are using every possible tool to fight crime. As
FOX 9 news recently reported, police are now turning to social media, where gangs routinely flaunt
their crimes, to track gang activity. Officers often don’t need
a warrant because videos uploaded online to YouTube, Facebook, and other
social media sites are considered public resources.
Just last week, four alleged Minneapolis gang members were charged after
prosecutors used their own video against them:
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.’s very own
Joe Tamburino weighed in on how social media has become a useful source of information
for law enforcement. Referring to the video above, he has said that it
does provide credible, demonstrative evidence because the individuals
are seen with unlicensed guns and are clearly heard making threats. After
watching the video, officers had the evidence they needed to later arrest
the four men.
“You would think in most of these situations, especially when you
have people who are allegedly gang members, you'd want to be to be
under the radar and unknown,” said Tamburino. “But in today's
world, it's the opposite. You want the world to see what you are doing."
Social media evidence is on the rise as people continue to seek attention
online, and law enforcement is taking advantage. This story is a perfect
example of the unintended consequences of social media and how what people
choose to share online can get them into trouble. This isn’t just
limited to videos – things like photos and written status updates
can also be used to accuse someone of a crime. While you may feel as though
only your friends can see what you put online, you would be surprised
how quickly word can get around to someone you never intended to see your
online activity. Social media is a great tool, but it should always be
used with caution.
If you have been accused of committing a crime, immediately contact Caplan
& Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to schedule an appointment with a Minneapolis
criminal defense lawyer. Our team is backed by decades of experience and
an aggressive defense approach that gets results. We are standing by 24/7
to take your call: (612) 444-5020.