Facebook puts criminals back on the streets
This just in, when you post something on the internet, people can see it. I know, I was surprised too. Since people can see it, that means lawyers can get their grubby hands on it too. A lesson that I’m sure Officer Vaughan Ettienne won’t soon forget. Officer Ettiene, arrested a man for carrying a loaded gun. The story of the man on trial, Gary Waters, is that the officer stopped him along with his partner, “beat him and then planted a gun on him to justify breaking three of his ribs.” At this point you’re probably wondering where on earth Facebook comes to play in this story. Well apparently the officer a few weeks before the trial posted on Facebook, “Vaughan is watching ‘Training Day’ to brush up on proper police procedure.”
That status message became the defense’s dream come true. The officer also did such horrifying things as posting his Myspace status to “Devious” around the same time. At this point the defense started analyzing everything he had written on the internet. Including some comments he made on YouTube about some police brutality videos. He wrote on one in particular that: “An officer should not have punched a handcuffed man, Officer Ettienne wrote. “If he wanted to tune him up some, he should have delayed cuffing him.” He added: “If you were going to hit a cuffed suspect, at least get your money’s worth ’cause now he’s going to get disciplined for” a relatively light punch.” The officer claims that he has now learned his lesson and will be a bit more careful about what he posts online.
Gary Waters who was on parole from a burglary conviction managed to get away with just a misdemeanor for resisting arrest, instead of the more serious charge, the felony possession of a 9 millimeter Beretta and a bagful of ammunition. The moral of the story, stop posting incriminating things on your Facebook account. That goes for underage high school students posting pictures of themselves drinking beer and for officers that deal with bloodthirsty lawyers on a regular basis.