Wonder if this one will get the Law & Order treatment now that we're only down to Special Victims Unit!
In light of Facebook,
MySpace, and Twitter essentially taking over the lives of everyone ever, the NYPD will reportedly be launching a new juvenile justice department, focusing exclusively on tracking criminal activity using the websites, which will be known as the ‘Social Media Unit.'
Assistant Commissioner Kevin O'Connor will be in charge, due to his prior success providing critical information on a number of shooting cases linked to a Manhatten North gang unit by linking it to members who boasted about their crimes via Facebook!
In March, Anthony Collao, 18, was fatally beaten in an anti-gay attack at a Woodhaven, Queens, house party advertised on Facebook. Calvin Pietri, one of six arrested, bragged about the murder on Facebook, authorities said.
Also in March, a feud over a $20 loan for diapers played out on Facebook and ended with Kayla Henriques, 18, accused of stabbing to death her friend Kamisha Richards, 22, in East New York, Brooklyn.
In May, a man was shot dead at a Queens junior high reunion that drew hundreds of unexpected revelers when word of the bash went viral on Twitter.
Geesh! We'd say it's about time!
Hopefully, other cities will catch on to this new means of fighting crime, as well!
And for everyone else - be careful what you put on the internet! Once it's out there, there's no taking it back!