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Law Enforcement Rarely Uses Search Warrants in Getting Twitter Data
January 31, 2013
United States law-enforcement agencies by and large do not establish probable cause or obtain a search warrant from an impartial judge before they seek information about a Twitter user.
Detroit Mayor Suspends Police Chief Over Sex Scandal
October 2, 2012
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. was suspended Tuesday amid accusations that he had an affair with a female police officer—the second sex scandal to tarnish his tenure since he took the helm in 2010.
Va. Agency Honored for Social Media Work
August 2, 2012
The Richmond (Va.) Police Department began using social media sites to communicate with the public in 2008. The agency has accounts in almost every social media outlet, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Ustream.
'Batman' Pulled Over In Maryland
March 29, 2012
Montgomery County (Md.) Police officers pulled over the Caped Crusader on Route 29 for driving with "no tags on [the] Batmobile," the agency announced on its Twitter feed.
Occupy Sympathizer Tweets 'Kill a Cop Or Two'
March 19, 2012
A Florida restaurant manager caused an uproar on Saturday, when he sent a tweet sympathetic to Occupy protesters advocating cop killing. On Monday, Rusty Braxton complained that he had received several death threats and said the tweet was a misunderstanding.
Indiana State Police Use Social Media to Recruit Troopers
October 18, 2011
The state police has been using Facebook and Twitter to give a behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous training that state police candidates must go through before they're sworn in.
Rapper Apologizes for Flash-Call Tweet, Blames Friend
August 22, 2011
The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor and who also uses the name Charles Louboutin on his Twitter page, said one of his friends grabbed his phone while at a photo shoot and sent the message as a prank that he described as a "joke gone wrong."
L.A. Sheriff to Rapper: Apologize for Flash Mob Tweet
August 14, 2011
The message on The Game's Twitter account Friday urged his 580,000 followers to call if they wanted an internship. The number he gave was to the station's help line, according to Capt. Mike Parker.
Near Riot at Hollywood Movie Premiere
August 11, 2011
A near riot was caused on Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre when a Los Angeles DJ sent a Twitter message about an impromptu block party.
NYPD Forms Social Media Unit
August 10, 2011
The NYPD has formed a new social-media unit of officers assigned to sniff out troublemakers and criminal behavior on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.
LAPD Asks Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher to Tweet on 405 Closure
June 30, 2011
The LAPD is asking celebrities with large Twitter followings including actors, musicians and athletes to urge their followers to avoid the 10-mile stretch of the roadway that will be closed on the weekend of July 15 and encourage them to stay close to home.
N.M. Officer Tweeted About Pistol Whippings
June 17, 2011
The Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department is investigating one of its detectives for tweets where he discussed pistol whipping and killing Muslims.
Portland Police Unveil Redesigned Patrol Cars
June 8, 2011
The new cars will be solid blue with white wrapped doors that display the words "Portland Police" and the slogan, "Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve." A red rose appears between the words "protect" and "dedicated" on the vehicle.
Feds To Issue Terror Alerts Via Facebook, Twitter
April 8, 2011
The Department of Homeland Security has indicated it will replace its color-coded, five-level system of terrorism alerts with a new two-tiered approach and will issue some public alerts via social media sites.
Seattle Police Tweet Stolen Car Descriptions
December 2, 2010
The department began tweeting vehicle descriptions on Wednesday, beginning with a brown 1984 Toyota Camry sedan. Each tweet includes the warning, "Do not make contact. Call 911."
NFL Star's Tweet: Officer Let Me Off for Autograph
November 10, 2010
A Baltimore County Police Officer has dodged disciplinary action, after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice tweeted that he got out of a traffic ticket in exchange for an autograph.
S.C. Teen Tweeted He 'Had a Plan' Before Shooting
September 22, 2010
A South Carolina ninth-grader who shot the school resource officer with Socastee High School near Myrtle Beach on Tuesday began posting Twitter messages about his plan on Aug. 23, the first day of school.
Slain Harlem Suspect Bragged on Twitter About Going '2 Da Grave'
August 11, 2010
Luis Soto, the 21-year-old man who instigated a melee in Harlem that led to the deaths of two people and injuries to a pair of NYPD officers, portrayed himself as the toughest of gangbangers on the Twitter micro-blogging site.
Gang Members Increasingly Using Twitter and Facebook to Brag
February 3, 2010
The nation's gangs are increasingly turning to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, which is helping law enforcement identify members and learn about their organizations.
Texas County to Use Twitter to Shame DWI Suspects
January 7, 2010
People caught driving while intoxicated in Montgomery County, Texas, are being busted in more ways than one. The county district attorney's office is now calling them out in the status-sphere by posting their names on its Twitter page for everyone to see.
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