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City cops stop tweeting every city shooting, then reverse course

According to the Baltimore Sun, the department recently made the decision to not tweet out every shooting, and will "scale back its use of Twitter to alert residents to crime incidents in the city."

Police commissioner Anthony Batts on WOLB talk radio in early October. Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Follow the Baltimore Police Department on Twitter long enough, and you’re likely to see a notification of a shooting tweeted out, generally within a half hour of every confirmed shooting.
But the Baltimore Sun noticed that four weekend shootings happened without notifications sent via the Baltimore police Twitter account.
The Sun reports that the city police recently made the decision to not tweet out every shooting that involves “criminal-on-criminal crime,” a decision the Baltimore police reversed on Monday. As the Sun notes, a spokesman for the Baltimore police said the department would continue to post tweets about every confirmed shooting in the city.
Read the Baltimore Sun story here.

Companies: Baltimore Police Department / The Baltimore Sun / City of Baltimore / Twitter

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