Damien Doxley, 34, who served 11 years in Missouri prisons on drugs and weapons charges, clings to values he learned while he was “in the game,” says the Associated Press. Thanks to social networking sites, his message is being heard by far more followers than in the days before he was locked up. “When you get into the street life there’s a code,” he said. “People who get into the life shouldn’t violate that code. I believe in that code even though I’m not in the street life anymore.”
Doxley started a “No More Snitching” Facebook page to call out those who he feels betrayed that unwritten pact, including some of his family members. The page was shut down by Facebook after just a few weeks for violating the company’s service terms, but not before it gained nearly 1,100 online friends. Undeterred, Doxley took the message to his personal Facebook page and a Twitter account. Police and prosecutors in cities from Baltimore and Philadelphia to Kansas City and Los Angeles have wrestled with the “Stop Snitching” movement during the past decade. The ability to spread that message through social media instead of on the street corner is causing a new wave of concern in the law enforcement community.