Victims, Police Use Web To Attract Case-Solving Tips


Crime victims and police increasingly are using MySpace and other social-networking Web sites as high-tech equivalents of “wanted” posters, says USA Today. Relatives of David Cornbleet posted on a surveillance video showing a blood-spattered young man rushing from the Chicago building where he was killed last fall. “Young people between 18 and 25 are probably not watching the nightly news or reading the newspaper every day. That audience is probably on the Internet, and they all have MySpace,” says Cornbleet’s son. The case remains unsolved, but a police officer says the site is a good idea to get tips.

Police agencies have monitored MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Xanga, and other popular sites to find sexual predators, and now employ online pictures as a crime-fighting tool. Nearly 2,000 students rioted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after the football team lost a championship game on Dec. 15. Some students posted cellphone videos of the violence on YouTube. Campus police clicked on the videos to pinpoint rioters; ten students face criminal charges.


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