Police and Digital Media: What about Our Privacy

It has been a messy year. 43-year-old Eric Garner,18-year-old Michael Brown, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice are three names that tragically tremble the news and people who care. It might not seem fair when Mike Brown’s “killer”, Darren Wilson, a Ferguson Police Officer, was not indicted; however, it was not right in any ways when Ismaaiyl Brinsley executed two New York police officers to, in his own words, give wings to two pigs.

We might need to give all the buzzes about the recent tragic events a break, but one thing about how NYPD tried to uncover the motive behind Brinsley’s inexcusable action was how they incorporated social media into cluing everything up. It seemed like a really smart idea until CNN reported that Baltimore PD has faxed NYPD a warning about Brinsley after spotting his unusual posts sharing on social media. And this little detail reminds me of NSA about how easily our phones can be bugged.

People in America have been criticizing how restricted media are in China and some other mid-eastern countries for that governments are spying on their people on a regular basis. Even though, American media have been considered more liberal, but still it is not entirely a safe place for Freedom of Speech, because the US government is watching its people just like those countries people have been criticizing!


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