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.