Crime Fighting Crowd: Social media serves both as aid and obstruction


Witnesses regularly grab a phone the minute they see a crime or car crash. But there is a disturbing trend in what happens next.

More than ever before, instead of calling 911, many witnesses are first hitting the record button. Way too often, the 911 call comes second, or not at all.

“People are not really trying to stop a situation, and they’re starting to live stream these things,” Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said.

And the worse the incident, the more cell phone cameras are rolling.

Sometimes, the captured video offers valuable evidence for investigators, but law enforcement agencies are beginning to ask, at what cost.

Newschannel 3’s Rachel Glaser takes a closer look at crime-fighting social media crowds, Wednesday at 6 and 11, and with continuing coverage online at

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off