In a shooting rampage in Tusla, Okla., which left three people dead, police looked to Facebook to determine the motive for the shootings. Through Facebook research of the suspects, police found that based on their personal Facebook postings, revenge appeared to be a factor in the shootings, which also may have been racially motivated.
On one suspect’s Facebook page, he has posted that his father’s death was the fault of a black man and used a racial slur. He also noted the date was the second anniversary of his father’s death.
Quickly capturing this suspect’s public postings, and even private if required by a judge to be accessible, was critical to helping police determine a motive. The page was subsequently taken down within a day.
Step Ahead Social Research can capture information tied to a specific individual so long as it’s been publicly posted on the web. Our research experts combined with our software systems allow us to pull this data, validate it’s the suspect in question, and provide reports to police and law enforcement in a timely fashion. Information that could not have been captured just a few short years ago…