To Post or Not to Post, That is the Question

Most law enforcement agencies that use social media do a pretty good job of posting information that is of interest to their community and adds value.  In many cases, the decision about what to post is pretty easy and in other cases can be difficult.  But what happens when the incident in question involves a public figure?  Several agencies have recently faced this dilemma.

This issue can be very problematic and difficult to handle appropriately.  The public may want to have the information posted citing a right to know or that it is public information and should be released.  In contrast, the public figure in question may argue that the department is treating his or her incident differently than others.  Either way, the agency is put in a bad position.

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  • Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police 23 Nov 2017 04:56 The Fresno Bee U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported …
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  • Report: Barton said he'd go to police over photo 23 Nov 2017 04:41 The Herald The Latest on U.S. Rep. Joe Barton's response to a nude photograph of him circulated on social media (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A published report says U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos …

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