“Hands Up, Don’t Tweet:” #SocialMedia #censorship

L” Friday evening, Texas police officer Darren Goforth stopped at a Chevron station to fill his cruiser’s gas tank when a man approached him from behind, pulled out a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, and shot 15 times. A day later, the police arrested a suspect, but so far they have provided no motive for the slaying.  “Our assumption,” said Sheriff Ron Hickman of the Harris County police department, is that officer Goforth was targeted “because he wore a uniform.” In a press conference over the weekend, Hickman linked the murder to the Black Lives Matter movement, a social justice movement that has largely played out over Twitter and Facebook.  “When the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated, cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen, this rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Hickman said.”

Source: Hands Up, Don’t Tweet: Police Departments Across The US Struggle With Social Media