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Monitoring Social Media: The New Face of Criminal Investigations, by Jeff Bellin, EvidenceProf Blog


A recent story illustrates the bonanza of social media evidence police can obtain without ever leaving the station.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch, someone allegedly crashed a van into a Richmond area high school.

‘After the crash, which occurred about 1:30 a.m., investigators monitored Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites for information on who may have been responsible. The effort paid off, police said.

In addition to incriminating tweets, text messages and phone calls, detectives recovered a cellphone video of the crash itself — footage that shows a 1996 Ford Club Wagon van slamming into the school, said Chesterfield police Lt. Steve Grohowski.’