The town of Huntington Beach, California is considering using Facebook to help deter drunk drivers. The police would post the mug shots of offenders on their Facebook homepage.
Dwyer said he became motivated after city residents complained that a local newspaper was going to stop publishing police arrest information. “Those residents and I believed that publishing the information may be a deterrent to future incidents of drunk driving in our city, and we wanted to find a way to continue making the information available to the public,” Dwyer said in his memo.
But not everyone in Huntington Beach appears to be thrilled with Dwyer’s plan. A city police spokesperson told the Associated Press that the department saw “no value” in the proposal and that law enforcement wasn’t about “public shaming.”
Despite the police department’s opposition to the proposal, it has posted mug shots before on its Facebook page. In November, Huntington police posted the arrest of 52-year-old David Brian White for charges relating to child… continue reading
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