published Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Gangs use Facebook to recruit, intimidate

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    Police and prosecutors have been attuned to social media sites for years. But gangs’ increasing reliance on social media and mobile cellphone technology is making their jobs harder, said Rob McGuire, a Davidson County assistant district attorney general who works with Metro’s gang unit. Illustration by Ben Buckner.
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As Nashville police investigated the murder of Jeremy Green, they took to the streets, interviewed witnesses and turned to a different source that is quickly becoming routine in gang investigations: Facebook.

As social media gain prominence in everyday life, police are finding it a useful tool for tracking criminal activity. Gang members often publish photos of themselves holding money, guns and drugs. But while criminals haven’t been shy about publishing their exploits for the Internet to see, authorities here and across the nation are seeing gangs in particular begin to use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to organize their activities and recruit new members.

“I think it’s the new reality. It’s the new reality for every person with the Internet and this different social media. I don’t think it’s going to be a flash,” said Lt. Gordon Howey, who heads Metro police’s gang unit. “I don’t ever see it going away. I think that with Facebook, Twitter, all this different social media, I think they’ll still continue to use it.”

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jesse said...

back in the day,when i was a cop,the POLICE intimidated the thugs! NOW the thugs intimidate society ! now the POLICE think if they SHAVE THEIR HEADS and look like HIMMLER all the thugs gonna be scared!WRONG! time to get back to 1960's style of takin care of a district,knowin who's on the street and who's up to no good and puttiin the bad guys in JAIL!

December 14, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.
RetiredMarshal said...

@jesse:Oh how the times have changed.!!!!!!!!!!!

December 14, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.
jesse said...

retired marshal ,we prob .know each other!i left c.p.d. in dec.1974!

wild bill mccrary was my best friend!(died 1992 u.s. marshells off!)

December 14, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
Legend said...

@Oh how the times have changed.!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank GOD!

December 14, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
jesse said...

hey legend, the ONLY legend is in your mind!!your opinion of yourownself is WAY out in the twilight zone! if you were half as smart as you think you are you would have picked a diff' moniker!!lol,

December 14, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
Bumpkin said...

jesse = stereotypical inbred southerner

December 14, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
01centare said...

Bumpkin said... jesse = stereotypical inbred southerner

I think that about sums it all up. hehehe!!

December 14, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
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